Charles Tolliver Directs Art Blakey/Jazz Messenger Ensemble at Saint Peter’s Church Prezfest

Through instruction and performance, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music has long upheld the legacy of legendary drummer and bandleader Art Blakey.

On Sunday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m., the tradition continues when The New School’s Art Blakey/Jazz Messenger Ensemble, directed by faculty member Charles Tolliver performs at PrezFest, a celebration of Blakey’s life and music at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington at 54th Street. The ensemble features Alexey Ivannikov, piano; Emily Wheaton, bass; Joseph Pramik-Holdaway, drums; Joo Chan Im, drums; Casey Francis, alto saxophone; Pablo Moser, tenor saxophone; Nash Guillermo, trumpet; and Linton Smith, trumpet.

New School Jazz faculty’s Art Blakey Legacy Band will also perform, featuring Joanne Brackeen, piano; Reggie Workman, bass; Charli Persip, drums; Billy Harper, saxophone; and Charles Tolliver, trumpet. Admission is a suggested donation of $20.