Blakey's Boys

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Last Show: Tuesday 2 nd October 2018

Firmly established as one of the UK’s finest jazz outfits, Blakey’s Boys sold out every show in 2017 and 2018. Hot on the heels of the prestigious Stockport Jazz Festival the band return to PizzaExpress Live Holborn. Blakey’s Boys pays tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers with an all star band.

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"A musical journey featuring all of the Blakey favourites. The band capture the true Blakey energy and deliver an explosive performance."


Fronted by leading tenor man Matt Telfer and trumpeter Andy Davies, Blakey’s Boys perform popular arrangements from the legendary Jazz Messengers which led by drumming icon Art Blakey, was undoubtedly one of the most influential jazz combos with a career spanning 35 years.

Opening with songs from Blakey’s hit album 'Moanin’', the boys play arrangements of favourites such as 'Blues March', 'Moanin'' and 'Are You Real'. The band play with Blakey's trademark raw energy and deep swing whilst paying homage to composers Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmonsand Wayne Shorter.

Between numbers, Paul Pace takes the stage to narrate the Art Blakey story and give a vivid picture of the various editions of the Messengers, their featured players along with personal recollections of their live performances.
The second set is a selection of the favourites from Blakey's career with the band storming in with tunes such as 'Ping Pong', 'Nica's Dream', 'Caravan' and 'A Night in Tunisia' to name a few.
Expect a night of hard swinging action that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Band Lineup

Matt Telfer (tenor sax)

Andy Davies (trumpet)

Chris Jerome (piano)

Miles Danso (bass)

Gabor Dornyei (drums)

Paul Pace (narration/vocals)