For the 4th Edition of Portrait Jazz we would like to explore ‘Moanin’ by Art Blakey and his Jazz Messangers. They were the archetypal hard bop group of the 1950s, playing a driving, aggressive extension of bop with pronounced blues roots.

This was Blakey’s first album for Blue Note in several years, after a period of recording for a miscellany of labels, and marked both a homecoming and a fresh start. Originally the LP was self-titled, but the instant popularity of the bluesy opening track “Moanin'” (by pianist Bobby Timmons) led to its becoming known by that title.

Portrait Jazz is a jam session every other Tuesday at Unit31. At every edition the house band plays a classic Jazz album from start to finish, after which we will open up for anyone who wants to join and play over various bebop/hard bop standards.


The night will go from 7pm til 11, get down early so you can catch the house set and have enough time to jam aswell. See you there!

Entry: £5
Free for musicians