Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, live at the Ninth Annual Chicago Jazz Festival on September 5th, 1987. Art Blakey's band was unofficially known as the "finishing school of jazz", with celebrated players including Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis passing through its ranks over the decades. Blakey continued to play and tour right up to the end of his life. The superb sets here, one with The Jazz Messengers and another with The Reunion Jazz Messengers, were recorded at the Ninth Annual Chicago Jazz Festival on September 5th, 1987, and broadcast on NPR radio the following year. Presented here, digitally remastered and with notes and images.