Saturday 1 December
Jean Toussaint Quintet – A Tribute to Art Blakey

Grammy award-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint first came to prominence with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982. Returning to Calstock Arts after a sell-out gig at the Calstock Jazz and Blues Festival, Jean’s new band features some of the most exciting young musicians on the UK scene.

Jean’s latest album Brother Raymond builds on the legacy of Blakey and confirms Toussaint’s place at the forefront of modern jazz. Stand out tracks include Amabo, an African groove dedicated to Barack Obama. The title track, written for Toussaint’s eldest brother who passed away in 2015, draws upon the influences of Toussaint’s favourite composers, Duke Ellington and Wayne Shorter.

“Art was one of the most inspirational band leaders rated amongst the greatest. Names like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis come to mind. They all had an inclusive way of band leading that made each member feel a part of the family,” explains Toussaint. “Through the music, Art encouraged us to strive and reach beyond ourselves and work as one to create musical excitement while never losing sight of the audience.”

Jean Toussaint – tenor sax
Ashley Henry – piano
Daniel Casimir – bass
Mark Kavuma – trumpet
Ben Brown – drums

Tickets £15 advance, £16 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8 under 18s and students with ID.

Hear Jean here

Click here for tickets or phone 01726 879500

Tickets also available from Limekiln Gallery, Calstock. Opening times 11.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm