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Previously Unreleased Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers on "The Sesjun Shows" out April 12


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Double CD Features Live Sets Recorded for Dutch Radio U.S. Release by Naxos of America, Inc. & T2 Entertainment

Naxos of America, Inc. and T2 Entertainment announce the U.S. release of a second CD from The Sesjun Radio Shows archives. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers—The Sesjun Radio Shows, a 2-CD set, has an April 12, 2011 release date in the United States and Canada.

Art Blakey is, of course, universally regarded as one of the major pioneers of modern jazz drumming. For over 30 years his band, The Jazz Messengers, existed as a proving ground for some of the finest young musicians in jazz, many of whom would go on to become legends in their own right.

These sessions, recorded live for the highly acclaimed Dutch Radio show Tros Sesjun, present several versions of The Jazz Messengers dating from the late '70s to the early '80s.

Featured sidemen include Valery Ponomarev, Dennis Irwin, David Schnitter, Charles Fambrough, Bobby Watson, James Williams, Bill Pierce, Jean Toussaint, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, and Johnny O'Neal.

This double-CD is the second release in the series, “The Sesjun Tapes," featuring concerts from the archives of Tros Sesjun. This weekly radio program featured live jazz from 1973 to 2004. The first release featured Chet Baker (review copies are available). The third set in this series will feature performances by Bill Evans, featuring his trios with Eddie Gomez/Eliot Zigmund, Marc Johnson/Joe LaBarbera, and special guest Toots Thielemans.

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