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Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint
@ the 606 Club @ the Pizza Expres Jazz Club
1 February 2007, 15 November 2008 & 5 February 2009

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Biography

In 1979, Toussaint played with hard bop trumpeter Wallace Roney and in 1982 he set off for New York to join Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Toussaint also worked with Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner and Gil Evans, and regularly led the jam session at New York’s Blue Note club.

Touring extensively with the Messengers, he always looked forward to London where he made friends amongst some of the capital’s young jazz musicians. He explains:

“In those early days I met Cleveland and Trevor Watkiss, Steve Williamson, Courtney Pine and Julian Joseph.”

In 1987, after leaving the Messengers, Toussaint accepted an invitation from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to teach improvisation for three months. Toussaint decided to stay in the UK, and now works extensively in Europe and the US with his own bands, The Jean Toussaint Quartet (straight-ahead, acoustic jazz) and Nazaire (funky, dancey, electric jazz).

In the last few years, he has toured Europe with Max Roach, joined Cedar Walton for a fortnight at Ronnie Scott's, and worked with the likes of Horace Silver, Troy Miller, Cleveland and Trevor Watkiss, Julian Joseph, Bheki Mseleku, Jason Rebello and Tony Remy to name a few.

In 1997, with a commission from the Arts Council, he toured the UK with old friends Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard and Reginald Veal.

Toussaint has appeared regularly on television arts programmes including BBC2’s The Late Show, 01 for London, and Channel 4’s Jazz Heroes series.

As well as part-time teaching jazz theory and improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Toussaint is a regular tutor on the Northern Ireland Arts Council-run summer school, and at the Guildhall Summer School. He also leads workshops at arts centres, schools and colleges in conjunction with concerts.

Musicians:
Jean Toussaint - saxophone
Troy Miller - drums
Andrew McCormack - piano
Larry Bartley - bass

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint Jean Toussaint

Troy Miller

Andrew McCormack Andrew McCormack

Larry Bartley

Larry Bartley Troy Miller

 

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint


Recommended
Listening

 

The Street Above The Underground Blue Black Nazaire - who's blues Life I want

 

Further
Recommended
Listening

Click Troy Miller's album to view more photographs and read his biography.

Troy Miller  - 40 days

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