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.