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Ralph Peterson’s Messenger Legacy - new album and international tour dates.

Monday, May 13, 2019


We have received the following press release;


Ralph Peterson’s Messenger Legacy Celebrates Art Blakey with “LEGACY” Due out May 20 + Newport Jazz Festival.


It was announced that the Messenger Legacy will be performing this year at the Newport Jazz Festival! This performance will cap off a busy summer which will find the group performing at the The Kennedy Center, Bird’s Basement in Australia, the Blue Note in Beijing, and the Umbria Jazz Festival, among others.


This iconic group’s forthcoming album, Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door will be out on May 20. As a reminder, this is a double disc, recorded live in October last year. The Messenger Legacy includes Blakey alums Peterson, Bill Pierce, Bobby Watson, Brian Lynch, Geoffrey Keezer and Essiet Essiet. The release of Legacy coincides with Blakey’s centennial celebration.


Ralph Peterson’s Messenger Legacy to Celebrate Art Blakey’s Centennial
at 2019 Newport Jazz Festival!
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Following the May 20th Release of Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door


Featuring the Messenger Legacy Band:
Ralph Peterson, Bobby Watson, Bill Pierce, Brian Lynch, Geoffrey Keezer and Essiet Essiet


When it comes to Art Blakey, there is no living drummer more suited to honoring his legacy than the incomparable Ralph Peterson. As the last drummer chosen by Blakey to play by his side in the Jazz Messengers Two Drummer Big Band, Peterson is tasked with the unique responsibility to carry forth Buhaina’s torch and tradition. Peterson and his Messenger Legacy are thrilled to officially announce their forthcoming performance at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival.


Joining an incredible bill of artists including Herbie Hancock, Common, Thundercat, and others, this appearance on Saturday, August 3rd follows the May 20th (RP’s 57th birthday!) release of Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door. Peterson’s mission comes full circle as the album mark’s what would have been the Blakey’s 100th birthday. Due out on Peterson’s own Onyx Productions label, Legacy presents Peterson in the company of five undisputed authorities and alumni of the Blakey tradition: saxophonists Bill Pierce and Bobby Watson, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and bassist Essiet Essiet. This double album was recorded live in October 2018 at the Side Door in Old Lyme, Connecticut.


In addition to the performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, the Messenger Legacy will be performing at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, CA on May 19th, Jazz Alley in Seattle, WA on May 21 and 22 and the Blue Llama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor, MI on May 24 and 25. A highlight performance will be on May 31 when the Legacy Messenger Band will perform at the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In June, the group will perform in Melbourne, Australia at Bird’s Basement (June 5-9) and in Beijing, China at the Blue Note (June 13 and 14).


The release of Legacy comes during a particularly prolific period in Peterson’s career. This is the sixth edition in his “Alive” series of live recordings and his third release in six months. In October, Onyx Productions released the I Remember Bu: Alive Vol. 4 at Scullers with the GenNext Big Band and Inward Venture: Alive Vol. 5 at the Side Door with this quintet Aggregate Prime. Both albums received widespread international attention and resulted in features in Downbeat Magazine and Jazziz Magazine, among others.


More information on the release of the new album can be found here.


More information on the Newport Jazz Festival can be found here.


More Tour Dates:

Sun. May 19th, 2019 Half Moon, CA Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society
Tues. & Wed. May 21st & 22nd, 2019 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley
Fri. May 24th & Sat. May 25th, 2019 Ann Arbor, MI Blue Llama Jazz Club
Fri. May 31st, 2019 Washington DC The Kennedy Center
Tues. - Sun. Jun. 5th-9th, 2019 Melbourne, Australia Bird’s Basement
Thurs. Jun. 13th & Fri. Jun.14th, 2019 Beijing, China Blue Note
Sat. July 13th, 2019 Sani, Greece Sani Festival
Sun. July 14th, 2019 Umbria, Italy Umbria Jazz Festival
Thurs. Oct. 10th, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA August Wilson Cultural Center
Fri. Oct. 11th - Sun. Oct. 13th, 2019 Old Lyme, CT Side Door Jazz Club (Live Recording)
Fri. May 1st, 2020 New York, NY Jazz at Lincoln Center


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