Jean Toussaint with Andrew McCormack, Larry Bartley and Troy Miller

Jean Toussaint
with Andrew McCormack, Larry Bartley
and Troy Miller

Saturday 22 March at 8pm

at The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE (01743 234970)
Tickets £12, members £10, under 16s £6

Grammy-winning US jazz legend, Jean Toussaint, will be celebrating the release of his tenth album Tate Song, acclaimed as a milestone in his career, on Lyte records this year.

Born in the US Virgin Islands and raised in New York, Toussaint began his international career as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1982 and appeared on such records as New York Scene (Concord) and Blue Night (Timeless). After four and a half years in the band, which also included Terence Blanchard, and Mulgrew Miller, he settled in London, quickly becoming a key figure in British jazz.

Toussaint has worked with McCoy Tyner, Max Roach, Cedar Walton, Gil Evans, Jeff 'Tain' Watts and Wynton Marsalis and maintained a considerable presence in Europe with his own groups, especially in Britain and France

Today he works out of London as a composer, tenor/soprano saxophonist and bandleader. He is also a well-respected educator, teaching at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and occasionally the Royal Academy of Music.

The title of the new album, Tate Song, features Toussaint’s working band of pianist, Andrew McCormack, bassist, Larry Bartley and drummer, Troy Miller (who also produced and recorded the album).

His 2010 Live In Paris And London album, which also features this group, received five stars from The Guardian and was described by The Independent as “state-of-the-art disquisition on both sax technique and post-bop jazz”.

The new CD will feature linear notes by pianist/broadcaster Julian Joseph and following release on February 24th the band will perform fourteen UK dates in March including a headlining show in Ronnie Scott’s, London.

“…his evolution from hard bopper to a player of considerable breadth and warmth has been an engaging exercise to witness…” The Guardian

“…Toussaint displays a beautiful, incisive tone that you can only compare to liquid crystal…” Time Out


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