Fronted by hard blowing tenor man Matt Telfer and Ronnie Scott’s resident trumpeter Andy Davies, Blakey’s Boys perform popular arrangements from the legendary Jazz Messengers which led by drumming icon Art Blakey, was undoubtedly one of the most influential jazz combos with a career spanning 35 years.
Opening with songs from Blakey’s hit album Moanin’, the boys play arrangements of favourites such as Blues March, Moanin’ and Are You Real. The band play with Blakey’s trademark raw energy and deep swing whilst paying homage to composers Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons and Wayne Shorter.
Between numbers, Ronnie Scott’s Paul Pace takes the stage to narrate the Art Blakey story and give a vivid picture of the various editions of the Messengers, their featured players along with personal recollections of their live performances.
The second set is a selection of the favourites from Blakey’s career with the band storming in with tunes such as Ping Pong, Nica’s Dream, Caravan and A Night in Tunisia to name a few.
Expect a night of hard swinging action that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
“A toe tapping, finger clicking gig that swings hard and delivers an entertaining and educational performance!”
MIDLANDS ARTS REVIEW
“A musical journey featuring all of the Blakey favourites. The band capture the true Blakey energy and deliver an explosive performance.”
Matt Telfer – Tenor Sax
Andy Davies – Trumpet
Chris Jerome – Piano
Max Luthert – Bass
Gabor Dornyei – Drums
Paul Pace – Narration/Vocals