“Our Father Who Art Blakey,” aka VPJBB, is the “best kept secret” on the modern jazz horizon today. The music of the band projects into the future the spirit set forth by the best Blue Note Artists of the 50s and 60s, covering the transformation of acoustic jazz music from those times until today.
VPJBB commands an enormous repertoire. The portion most loved by the audience and musicians alike is dedicated to the memory of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. This music of the Messengers, loved all over the world, is now heard in the Big-Band format, incorporating not only the original small group arrangements, but solos, backgrounds, accompaniments, harmonies, etc., as they were performed by Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, etc. “After all,” says Mr. Ponomarev, “Art Blakey, as a young man, developed his incredible musical concept in big-band of Billy Eckstein, Duke Ellington, Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, etc. and applied it to his own small groups. All I did was to take music of the Messengers and bring it back to where it sprung from – Big-Bands.”
The musicians in the band are the most respected and successful young musicians on the jazz scene today: