World-renowned Russian trumpeter Valery Ponomarev leads “Our Father Who Art Blakey,” a big band tribute to his own former bandleader, Art Blakey. Blakey was best known for his ability to find and hone the sharpest young talent in jazz, from Lee Morgan to Wynton Marsalis, and Ponomarev, who held the trumpet spot right before Marsalis, is no exception. He now leads his own band in the same spirit, highlighting some of the most talented young jazz musicians. Join us at the club for some expertly arranged hard bop, featuring an entire big band of supreme instrumentalists.
Personnel: Todd Bashore, Chris Hemingway, Peter Brainin, Steven Carrington, Antony Nelson – saxophones; Stafford Hunter, Alvin Walker, David Wight, Jack Jeffers – trombones; Rick Henly, Josh Evans, Waldron Ricks, Chris Rogers – trumpets; Mamiko Watanabe, piano; Rouslan Khain, bass; Victor Jones, drums; Jackie Jones, vocal.