Island Jazz Messangers

Saturday, Aug 18  6:30pm

Victoria Row FREE Stage


The Island Jazz Messengers is PEI’s fun and funky hard-bop sextet - featuring some of the Island’s best improvisers, performing a mix of original charts along with some cool covers of standards arranged for three horns.  The band is dedicated to continuing the tradition of East Coast hard-bop combos like those led by Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan and Horace Silver, and influential jazz arrangers such as Oliver Nelson famous for “Blues and the Abstract Truth”.   The "funky" label refers to the rollicking, rhythmic feeling associated with hard bop, with roots in bebop and model music, but with all the influences of soul, R&B and early fusion.
This incarnation of the band will feature blistering solos and great grooves by sax men Barrie Sorensen and Dan Rowswell, trombonist Grahame Rhodes, guitarist Ian Toms, bass dude Alan Mackie and drummer Alan Dowling.   It’s all about the groove, and the funky original material forms the foundation for blazing improvisational collaborations.
Dan Rowswell, alto sax and arrangements
Barrie Sorensen, tenor sax
Grahame Rhodes, trombone
Ian Toms, guitar
Alan Mackie, bass
Alan Dowling, drums