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Art Blakey

Art Blakey, American drummer. Recipient New Star award Down Beat Critics, 1953, Grammy award for best jazz instrumental performance group, 1984, Golden Record, 1985, Charly Parker award Northsea Festival, 1989.

Background

  • Blakey, Art was born on October 11, 1919 in Pittsburgh.

  • Education

    • Doctorate (honorary), Berklee College Music, 1987.

    Career

    • Drummer with various groups, including Jame Murray, Pittsburgh, early 1940s, Mary Lou Williams, 1942, Fletcher Henderson, 1943-1944, Billy Eckstine, 1944-1947, Lucky Millinder, 1949, Buddy DeFranco Quartet, 1951-1953. Founder, drummer The Jazz Messengers, 1955-1990. Toured with Giants of Jazz, 1971-1972.

    Works

    • Albums include Backgammon, Buhaina, Child's Dance, Gypsy Folk, In My Prime, volunteer I, In This Korner, Jazz Messengers, Keystone 3, Night in Tunisia, Reflections in Blue, 'S Make It, Straight Ahead, Thermo with Hubbard, Shorter, Fuller, Art Blakey with Thelonius Monk, Not Yet, (with Doctor John and David Newman) Bluesiana Triangle, 1990.

    Connections

    • Married Ann Arnold; children: Akira, Kenji. 7 children from previous marriages. 6 adopted children.
    Art Blakey
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    Born October 11, 1919
    Died October 16, 1990
    (aged 71)
    • 1987
      Berklee College Music
    • 1942
      Drummer with various groups
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1943 - 1944
      Drummer with various groups
    • 1944 - 1947
      Drummer with various groups
    • 1949
      Drummer with various groups
    • 1951 - 1953
      Drummer with various groups
    • 1955 - 1990
      founder