We take you back to 1957 and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers made there way to St. Louis’ Peacock Alley.
This edition of The Messengers included Bill Hardman on trumpet and Jackie McLean on alto. I believe the rest of the band included Sam Dockery on piano and Spanky DeBrest on bass. This was an interesting time for Blakey, as he was recording for a number of different labels including Pacific Jazz, RCA, and a collaboration with Thelonious Monk on Atlantic. All this while taking a hiatus from Blue Note.
The first picture is a nice head on shot of Blakey with his Gretsch set up.
The next shows Blakey along with Hardman, McLean and DeBrest.
The bottom shot is Blakey telling the audience (as was his custom) to "buy two jazz records every week at your local record store." (photos: Bernie Thrasher)
Words to live by.