Rita Reys and the Jazz Messengers - JazzWax

« Interview: Clark Terry (Part 2) | Main | "Giving Frank Foster a Hand" »

October 06, 2010


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Gary L. Gray

Great blog post today. I love this kind of history, especially when it involves my beloved Art Blakey & TJM.

Thank you!

Bill Kirchner

She did an excellent LP for Philips, "Rita Reys Sings Antonio Carlos Jobim," in 1981 with lovely strings-and-winds charts by Rogier van Otterloo. Apparently she's still active (b. 1924), or at least was until very recently.

Jeff Helgesen

Blakey and the Messengers recorded a blues track ("Wellington's Blues") on the Riverside release "Kyoto" where they band backs Wellington Blakey on vocals.

Bruce Armstrong

Marc...Listening to Rita on "My One and Only Love" really made my day. It brought back a ton of memories from when I bought the album while I was in the Air Force many years ago. I remember playing the cuts with the Jazz Messengers over and over--in the barracks on a little portable record player--and really admiring Horace's great chart on this ballad. I became a big fan of Rita's and own a lot of her albums. Thanks for posting.

Ed Leimbacher

Wow. Two kings and their royal messengers stake out some valuable turf... and I am totally ignorant (not for the first time) of this tidbit of Jazz history. Just glad to know the palpable surrounding darkness can still be enlightened. Thanks for today's lesson in humility.

Rob Rijneke

I have alerted Rita by email on your article. I'm curious about her reaction.
Best wishes

The comments to this entry are closed.


  • Marc Myers writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and is author of "Anatomy of a Song" (Grove) and "Why Jazz Happened." Founded in 2007, JazzWax is a two-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association's best blog award.

Contact me


Click the cover to pre-order my new book, due Nov. 1.

Subscribe Free

Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries

Search JazzWax

  • JazzWax

JazzWax Interviewed

WSJ Articles

JazzWax Interviews

Audio Note

  • Audio clips that appear below JazzWax posts support editorial content that links readers directly to Amazon and other third-party music retailers.

Marc Myers on Video

JATP Programs