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A Tribute to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers

Monday, September 25, 7:30 PM

USF Concert Hall
3535 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

The Monday Night Jazz Series at USF opens a new season on
September 25 with a tribute to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, six
decades after that group reached new heights with their soul-jazz
classic, “Moanin’.” The USF FACULTY JAZZ ENSEMBLE will
perform, along with two special guests for the occasion, drummer
ED METZ, JR. and saxophonist MIKE TRACY. Monday Night Jazz,
presented by the USF School of Music and the Tampa Jazz Club,
takes place in the beautiful USF Concert Hall on the Tampa

“Moanin’” became the biggest hit of Art Blakey’s career, and
established the vibrant, funky style, with a propulsive beat, that
became known as Hard Bop. In addition to that 1958 album, the
band will play other favorites from Blakey’s Jazz Messengers from
a few years later, when the band included Freddie Hubbard,
Wayne Shorter, and Curtis Fuller.

Ever since 1982, when he left college for a semester to join the
Count Basie Orchestra, EDDIE METZ, JR. has been known for
being a complete drummer, at home in every style. Metz has been
heard on more than 50 recordings in recent years, and Dick
Hyman calls him ‘one of the best in the business.’

MIKE TRACY is a veritable ‘Ambassador of Jazz,’ teaching and
establishing jazz programs all around the globe. A Professor at
the University of Louisville, he has made seven recordings as a
leader during his more than 40 years at the forefront of jazz
education. (Mike Tracy is teaching the advanced saxophone
students of Professor of Jazz Studies Jack Wilkins, while he is
away for the Fall semester on a prestigious Fulbright award as the
Research Chair at the School of Creative and Performing Arts at
the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.)

The USF FACULTY JAZZ ENSEMBLE feature a stellar lineup, as
always: TOM BRANTLEY, trombone; JAMES SUGGS, trumpet;

Be sure to catch this band and their guests to celebrate Moanin’:
Six Decades of Hard Bop, at USF’s Monday Night Jazz.
Coming soon:
Blakey Tribute Ticket Info:
Dizzy Tribute Ticket Info:
Najar-Lamb Ticket Info:
Nancy Cannon Trib Ticket Info:
John Clayton Ticket Info:
Peter Bernstein Ticket Info:
Dave Stryker Ticket Info:
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