Jean Toussaint

LONDON Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace


Art Blakey used to say “it doesn’t matter how complex you want to play, as long as you swing and play from the heart” then he’d cite the great John Coltrane as an example. I owe it all to the great Art Blakey and I’ll be a Jazz Messenger for life.” (Jean Toussaint)

Grammy-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint, voted Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Jazz FM awards, first came to prominence when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982, after studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since moving to London in 1987, Toussaint has released 11 critically acclaimed CDs as a leader, including 2018's Brother Raymond, nominated for Album of the Year in the Jazz FM Awards, as well as appearing in top 10 lists in The Telegraph, Jazzwise, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. 

At Cadogan Hall, Jean Toussaint presents the release of his 12th album Live at the Jazz Cafe recorded at the end of the Brother Raymond tour. The album features live takes on the music from Brother Raymond as well as new compositions written for the Jazz Cafe recording, developing the fusion of Jazz Messengers Soul and Calypso spice.

In this concert he’ll be playing with a cracking band featuring Byron Wallen on trumpet, Dennis Rollins trombone, pianist Andrew McCormack and a rhythm section of Daniel Casimir on bass and Shane Forbes on drums.

  • ‘ Toussaint has found a language that gracefully spans the gap between jazz and funk – it makes for some of his best playing ’
  • ‘ Class material, matured over the years and now bursting out of the cask. Single malt with a vengeance ’