Art Blakey Centennial Celebration Monday 7 October
The Art Blakey Centennial Celebration kicks off at Dizzy’s Club with the Gen-Next Big Band led by Ralph Peterson—the only drummer ever to play in the band alongside the legendary drum maestro himself. Peterson now continues that legacy with a two-drummer big band featuring a multigenerational array of primarily young talent. It’s a fitting tribute to Blakey, who famously loved to play with up-and-comers, and whose band served as a launching ground for artists from Wayne Shorter and Lee Morgan to Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, and Ralph Peterson himself. Enjoy some hard-swinging big band jazz as JALC celebrates 100 years and counting of the timeless drummer, bandleader, and mentor Art Blakey.
Tickets and info: https://www.jazz.org/dizzys/events/9881/ralph-peterson-gen-next-big-band/