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The Music of Art Blakey 90th Birthday Celebration at Iridium

With so many classic recordings as a leader under his belt it might come as a surprise to some that Art Blakey's considered his best album to be the little known gem "Golden Boy". Believed to be recorded soon after play Golden Boy (starring Sammy Davis Jr.) opened on Broadway, Blakey, at the time, was leading his most famous edition of the Jazz Messengers with Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton and Reggie Workman. This group was enhanced with the addition of Lee Morgan, Charles Davis, Julius Watkins, and Bill Barber on second trumpet, baritone sax, French horn and tuba to augment the group to play arrangements of the material from the show by Wayne Shorter (featuring some of his first writing for large ensemble), Cedar Walton and Curtis Fuller for a rare large group recording by the Blakey.

This music from this neglected masterpiece was painstakingly transcribed from the original recordings by trumpeter/arranger David Weiss and was never performed live until it's premiere at the Iridium Jazz Club in 2008. For this special encore performance, an all-star group featuring Curtis Fuller, who performed on the original recording and contributed an arrangement, and many other prominent ex-Jazz Messengers bring this great music back to life.

Golden Boy: The Music of Art Blakey 90th Birthday Celebration

Thursday- Sunday December 3-6 | With Special Guest Curtis Fuller- Trombone

Featuring:

Louis Hayes- Drums
Mulgrew Miller- Piano December 3 and 4
Stephen Scott- Piano December 5 and 6
Peter Washington- Bass
Donald Harrison- Alto Sax
Javon Jackson- Tenor Sax
Jeremy Pelt- Trumpet
Steve Davis- Trombone
Howard Johnson- Tuba
Mark Taylor- French Horn
Jason Marshall- Baritone Sax

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