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"Playing Abroad"


Jean Toussaint discusses his music career in Europe and position teaching at the London Conservatory during a 2009 interview sandwiched between two performance clips.

Jean Toussaint was born in U.S. Virgin Islands' province of Saint Thomas where he leaned to play calypso music in his youth before moving to New York and ultimately attending the Berklee College of Music during the late '70s.

The tenor saxophonist formed his first group with bop trumpeter Wallace Roney before performing as a member of Art Blakey's "Jazz Messengers" featuring Terence Blanchard, Lonnie Plaxico, Mulgrew Miller, and Donald Harrison from 1982 until 1986.

Toussaint moved to London in 1987 after appearing on three of the Blakey band's studio albums including "New York Scene" and has since released nine of his own as a highly respected bandleader in the U.K.

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