Art Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s Horace Silver and Blakey formed the Jazz Messengers, a group that the drummer was associated with for the next 35 years.
Award-winning drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Claxton is known for his electrifying groove and rhythmic mastery. His diverse background includes touring internationally with jazz piano legend Monty Alexander and performing alongside Donny McCaslin, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Dave Douglas, Randy Brecker, Nicholas Payton, and many others.
Rounding out this outstanding quintet will be the local jazz talents of Kenyon Brenner (tenor saxophone), Tom Gershwin (trumpet), Tom Amend (piano) and Hunter Roberts (bass).
Gift of Jazz Blind Tiger events are intimate gatherings of jazz fans who come together to share not just the music, but also the stories behind the music, as presented by talented local jazz artists. A gourmet three-course meal and wine are always included with a vegetarian option available. Seating is limited so make your reservation today!