CORY WEEDS QUINTET PLAYS ART BLAKEY
As a band leader, he was a successful talent scout. Like no other band leader of the 20th century, he hired and nurtured some of the most talented jazz musicians of the time, providing opportunities for several generations of jazz musicians. Many Messenger alumni went on to become jazz stars in their own right. These included Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett and Javon Jackson, and the pianists Horace Silver, Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton, John Hicks, James Williams, Mulgrew Miller and Bennie Green.