Russian trumpeter Valery Ponomarev debuts his Jazz Big Band on a tribute to his mentor, 'Our Father Who Art Blakey' (Zoho Music). So many great jazz men came through the ranks of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The drummer practically led a finishing school for future stars from 1947 to 1990, just weeks before he died of lung cancer.
Branford Marsalis, brother to the esteemed Wynton, has toured the world with some of jazz's greatest minds: Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. In a recent interview at the San Antonio Current, Marsalis talks everything from classical to his gripe with Jay Z.
Juilliard Jazz will be presenting “Lightning, Thunder and Fire: The Sophistication of the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers” featuring Juilliard Jazz Ensembles on Dec 9.