Prairie Performances

60 years of the Jazz Messengers

The Jazz Messengers of 1985

The Jazz Messengers of 1985 By Roland Godefroy - Own work, CC BY 2.5

Enjoy sizzling hot jazz and smooth tunes from the Allerton Music Barn Festival all month long on Prairie Performances—Friday nights at 7 pm on WILL-FM 90.9.

This week we are celebrating 60 years of the Jazz Messengers, from At the Cafe Bohemia to the present. From the 2014 Allerton Music Barn Festival and the anniversary of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the UI Jazz faculty represent the driving hard bop style of the 1950s, with aggressive swing and powerful drumming. Chip McNeill leads the band in selections from the most famous Jazz Messengers’ recordings including At the Café Bohemia.