Art Blakey


Art Blakey is a legendary drummer and band leader. His band was renowned as a finishing school for generations of iconic American jazz musicians: from Horace Silver to Wynton Marsalis and beyond his personnel read like a roll-call of the most influential musicians in jazz history. He brought a fresh infusion of African rhythm to his style and this alongside the soulful compositions of his collaborators became the foundations of the Hard Bop style.


Building on an appearance with Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint at Ronnie Scott’s in 2021, NYJO takes Blakey’s music on the road with a sextet of stars-in-the-making. We celebrate this legacy with a programme of classic numbers such as Moaning’, Blues March and One By One that demonstrate the power of this classic repertoire for a contemporary jazz audience.



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About NYJO

NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire audiences across the UK, through engaging participation projects and impactful live performances. Founded in 1965, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra to a multifaceted organisation that is committed to supporting and developing musicians of all styles and standards. Whether you want to become the next emerging artist or simply play for fun – they’re here for it.

Throughout all its activities, NYJO are actively seeking to create a dialogue; between the established and the experimental; the past and the present; with captivating experiences that bring people together.