Date:Oct 12, 2018
Venue:Side Door Jazz Club
Address:85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371, USAOld Lyme Connecticut 06371
Ralph Peterson - drums Bobby Watson - saxophone Essiet Essiet - bass Brian Lynch - trumpet Bill Pierce - saxophone Geoffrey Keezer - piano The Messenger Legacy is an elite line-up of alumni members of one of Jazz’ most influential bands, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. The current configuration is Bobby Watson, Essiet Essiet, Geoff Keezer, Brian Lynch, Bill Pierce and at the drums, the last drummer chosen by Art Blakey to play at his side in the Jazz Messenger 2 Drummer Big Band Ralph Peterson. Bobby Watson and Bill Pierce were present the night Peterson first sat in with the band at Mikell’s and was a mainstay from the late 70’s through the early mid 80’s. Essiet Essiet was brought to Art Blakey by recommendations of Ralph Peterson and Bobby Watrson. Geoff Keezer and Brian Lynch joined what turned out to be the last edition of The Messengers before Art Blakey’s passing.