At Take Five Coffee + Bar, Clint Ashlock on trumpet, Michael Shults on alto sax, Brett Jackson on tenor sax, Andrew Ouellette on piano, Ben Leifer on bass and Matt Leifer on drums are playing the music of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. They’re proving that some of the most talented young musicians in jazz today are living and performing in Kansas City.
Then Bobby Watson - whose career took off as one of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers - walks in and joins them.
Jazz just doesn’t get much better than this. The evening ended with a standing ovation.
Think about that. Jazz with Bobby Watson, a standing ovation, in a coffee shop in Overland Park, Kansas, for five dollars.
If you missed it, kick yourself.
But before you do, enjoy a sampling of how it looked. As always, clicking on a photo should open a larger version of it.
Clint Ashlock’s Messengers Tribute Sextet with guest Bobby Watson. Left to right: Clint Ashlock on trumpet, Michael Shults on alto sax, Bobby Watson on alto sax, Ben Leifer on bass, Brett Jackson on tenor sax, Matt Leifer on drums. Not pictured: Andrew Ouellette on piano.
Andrew Ouellette and Clint Ashlock
Enjoying Bobby’s solo
Michael Shults and Brett Jackson
Bobby Watson on alto sax
Clint Ashlock’s Messengers Tribute Sextet with guest Bobby Watson...
...on stage at Take Five Coffee + Bar