Jazz Messengers Reunion Concerts Next Month

Alumni of Art Blakey’s bands will perform a handful of gigs

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A group of alumni of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers will play a series of gigs in October to celebrate the birthday of the late drummer. Saxophonists Donald Harrison and Billy Pierce, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Donald Brown, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Ralph Peterson, under the name the Messenger Legacy, will perform Oct. 3-6 at New York’s Jazz Standard, Oct. 10 at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center, Oct. 11 at Yoshi’s in San Francisco and Oct. 12 at the 18th and Vine Festival in Kansas City.