Jazz Harbingers

Hard Bop Band

The Jazz Harbingers Quintet:

The Jazz Harbingers Quintet at The Jazz Lab in 2018 The Jazz Harbingers is a Melbourne-based hardbop band inspired by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Drawing heavily on influences from albums like Moanin', Indestructible, Free For All, and the Big Beat, the band seeks to capture the energy of the Jazz Messengers and convey its old school sensibilities to the Melbourne scene.

While the Jazz Harbingers often include originals and other tunes outside Blakey's multigenerational all-star band, they are always excited to revisit the iconic Messenger tunes like Moanin', Free For All and the Drum Thunder Suite.

Hard bop is a subgenre of jazz that is an extension of bebop (or "bop") music. In the mid-1950s, the term was used to describe a new current within jazz that incorporated influences from blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel music. Hard bop melodies tend to be simpler and more "soulful", and can be considered the bop of the 50's and 60's.

You may wonder what our name means. Harbinger is defined as: "something that announces or signals the approach of another." So we are bringers of Jazz, but also imparting the music of the original Messengers of Jazz."

The Jazz Harbingers Quintet at The Jazz Lab in 2018

The current members of our band include:

Justin Foster: Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Li: Trumpet
Luke Drohan: Piano
Jonah Grant: Double Bass
Benedict Saputra: Drums.

If you would like to share in the hardbop music we love, book us for your club or venue!


Recordings:

You can also vist: Justin Foster's SoundCloud Channel





Videos:

You can also vist: Justin Foster's YouTube Channel


"Bye George" - by Michael Brecker, performed at the Uptown Jazz Cafe - June 2019 (as a Quartet)


"Shibuya Crossing Blues" - an original composition by Benedict Julian Saputra, performed at the Uptown Jazz Cafe - June 2019



"Yesterdays" - by Jerome Kern, performed at The Jazz Lab - October 2018


"Tour de Force" - by Dizzy Gillespie, performed at The Jazz Lab - October 2018


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