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Lost Jazz Shrines: Remembering Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers at Mikell's Jazz Club

May 19
7:00 PM —
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 199 Chambers St.

The Lost Jazz Shrines series is dedicated to bringing legendary NYC jazz clubs back into the consciousness of the world with a thorough remembrance and celebration.

7:00 p.m.:  Free Panel Discussion – Bobby Watson (Musical Director) and Willard Jenkins (Artistic Director of Jazz Programming) on the legacy of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

8:30 p.m.: Concert at  $30/ students, seniors $20. Contact the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center for tickets.

 

Scheduled to perform:
Brian Lynch (trumpet)
Javon Jackson (tenor saxophone)
Bobby Watson (alto saxophone)
Johnny O’Neal (piano)
Essiet Okon Essiet (bass)
Winard Harper (drums)

Subject to change.

Mikell’s was a jazz club on the corner of 97th Street and Columbus Avenue, New York City. Run by Mike Mikell  and Pat Mikell, from 1969 to 1991 it was a regular venue for New York’s top studio and session musicians, who would turn up for jam sessions with major soul, funk and jazz artists visiting the city. In early 1980, the club served for rehearsals for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Big Band, which included Wynton Marsalis, and which would result in the live album Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Big Band – Live at Montreux and North Sea (1980). Mikell’s closed in 1991. At a tribute to the club in 2004, Paul Shaffer called Mikell’s “soul heaven.”

Art Blakey / The Jazz Messengers
Art Blakey’s recordings, insight, and passion for his craft were his gift to the myriad of people around the world who were moved and inspired by his music. As he used to say, “To pass through life and miss this music is to miss out on one of the best things about living.”

Art Blakey, also known as “Buhaina” or “Bu,” was often called the father of hard bop. He was responsible for producing and developing more jazz talent than any other band leader of his era. As ex-Jazz Messenger, Terrance Blanchard said, “No one has brought more to jazz than Art Blakey”. During his career, which spanned more than 6 decades, Art Blakey’s band, The Jazz Messengers, was considered the quintessential forum for musicians who wished to hone their talent and leave their own mark on the jazz scene. For this reason, The Jazz Messengers also became known as the Blakey School of Music.

The Jazz Messengers were an influential jazz combo that existed for over thirty-five years beginning in the early 1950s as a collective, and ending when long-time leader and founding drummer Art Blakey died in 1990.Subject to change.

 

 

 

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