"Art Blakey used to say it doesnt matter how complex you want to play, as long as you swing and play from the heart then hed cite the great John Coltrane as an example. I owe it all to the great Art Blakey and Ill be a Jazz Messenger for life. Jean Toussaint
Grammy-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint first came to prominence when he joined Art Blakey - Blue Note Recordss Jazz Messengers in 1982, after studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since moving to London in 1987, Toussaint has released 11 critically acclaimed CDs as a leader, including 2018's Brother Raymond, nominated for Album of the Year in the Jazz FM Awards, as well as appearing in top 10 lists in The Telegraph, Jazzwise, The Sunday Times and The Guardian.
At Cadogan Hall, Jean Toussaint presents the release of his 12th album Live at the The Jazz Cafe recorded at the end of the Brother Raymond tour. The album features live takes on the music from Brother Raymond as well as new compositions written for the Jazz Cafe recording, developing the fusion of Jazz Messengers Soul and Calypso spice.
Jean Toussaint - Saxophones
Byron Wallen - Trumpet
Dennis Rollins - Trombone
Andrew McCormack - Piano
Daniel Casimir - Bass
Shane Forbes Drums
'Toussaint has found a language that gracefully spans the gap between jazz and funk it makes for some of his best playing' (The Guardian)
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