Drawing on his experience as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the 1980s, Jean Toussaint commemorates The Messengers’ massive contribution to modern jazz. An all-star line-up of British jazz musicians explores the music of the legendary bandleader and some of the amazing players who emerged from the Messenger ranks over four decades.
The band takes on the classic Roots and Herbs album and other material by the band.
Jean Toussaint now works out of London as a composer, tenor/soprano saxophonist, bandleader and jazz educator.
He toured with the Messengers for four years from 1982, straight out of the the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
He said: “Art was one of the most inspirational band leaders rated amongst some of the greatest.
“Names like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis come to mind.
“They all had an inclusive way of band leading that made each member feel a part of the family.
“Through the music, Art encouraged us to strive and reach beyond ourselves and work as one to create excitement while never losing sight of the audience.”
The show takes place on Saturday at 7.15pm. Box office: at the theatre, at www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call 0114 249 6000.