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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.


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


Doctorate (honorary), Berklee College Music, 1987.


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


  • Other Work

    • 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.


Married Ann Arnold; children: Akira, Kenji. 7 children from previous marriages. 6 adopted children.

Ann Arnold

Akira Blakey

Kenji Blakey