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Tribute to Art Blakey at the Gem Theater

A tribute concert to the late jazz drummer and bandleader Art Blakey this Saturday features several generations of musicians who played with his band the Jazz Messengers, including alto sax player Bobby Watson and trombonist Curtis Fuller. Also playing in the all-star group is tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson. By Alex Smith


Kansas City, MO – Javon Jackson played with Art Blakey from 1987 to 1990. Jackson was born in Carthage, Missouri and he recently told KCUR's Alex Smith how he became a Jazz Messenger while he was a student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Jackson plays as part of an all-star group on Saturday at the Gem Theater. Jammin' at the Gem: Tribute to Art Blakey Saturday October 11th, 2008 8:00pm to 10:00pm Admission is $30-$50 Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St. Kansas City, MO For more about Friday and Saturday events paying tribute to Art Blakey, check here.

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