Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday, 10 March, 2009

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

The stageposts along Jean Toussaint’s career have all made their mark - the Caribbean, New York and London. From a calypso band in his teens in St Thomas, Toussaint moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music where fellow students included Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby and Jeff Watts. In 1982 he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. “I learned more in four years with Art than I’d have learned in ten had I not got through that audition” says Toussaint, who played alongside Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison and Lonnie Plaxico. While in New York, Toussaint also worked with Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner and Gil Evans. In 1987 he accepted an invitation from the Guildhall School of Music to teach improvisation for three months. He’s still here. From London, Toussaint works extensively in Europe and the US. “Toussaint displays a beautiful incisive tone that you can only compare to liquid crystal..” - Time Out

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