Art Blakey

Art Blakey

Real Name:
Arthur Blakey (Abdullah Ibn Buhaina)
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Art Blakey (born October 11, 1919, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - died October 16, 1990, New York City, New York, USA) was an American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader, best remembered as founder and 35 year leader of The Jazz Messengers.

Blakey was the foster son in a Seventh Day Adventist Family, learning the piano as he learned the Bible, mastering both at an early age. In the early 1930's, while gigging at the Democratic Club in Pittsburgh, Arts' piano career came to an abrupt end when he was ordered onto the drums to make way for pianist Erroll Garner. This incident was apparently at the gunpoint of the nightclubs' owner, as Blakey later on often recalled. This served as good fortune and young drummer Blakey came under the tutelage of legendary drummer and bandleader Chick Webb, serving as his valet. Returning to Pittsburgh in 1937, he formed his own band, backing pianist Mary Lou Williams. in 1939, he joined and toured with Fletcher Henderson for 3 years, followed by one year gigging at Bostons' Tic Toc club. Then as a member of Billy Eckstine's band, he played with the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan. When Eckstein disbanded his group in 1947, Blakey organized the Seventeen Messengers, a rehearsal band and recorded with an octet called the Jazz Messengers, the first of his many groups bearing this name. In 1948, he visited Africa where he learned polyrhythmic drumming and was introduced to Islam, taking the name Abdullah Ibn Buhaina.

The early 1950's, saw him performing and broadcasting with such musicians as Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and Horace Silver. Blakey and Silver connected and formed the Jazz Messengers. This band soon evolved into Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers with Blakey remaining the leader with changing personnel, playing together with them until his death. From 1947 until 1972 he also recorded regularly with Thelonious Monk.

Blakey was a major figure in modern jazz and an important stylist in drums. His contribution to jazz as a discoverer and molder of young talent over three decades cannot be overlooked.
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Art Blakey Discography

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LD. 062 James Moody, Howard McGhee, Milton Jackson*, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, J.C. Heard, Art Blakey James Moody, Howard McGhee, Milton Jackson*, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, J.C. Heard, Art Blakey - A Date With …(10", Album) Vogue Productions LD. 062 France 1952 Sell This Version
Horace Silver Trio* And Art Blakey Horace Silver Trio* And Art Blakey - Vol. 2 (Album) Blue Note US 1952 Sell This Version
Paul Bley, Charlie Mingus*, Art Blakey Paul Bley, Charlie Mingus*, Art Blakey - Introducing Paul Bley (Album) Debut Records France 1954 Sell This Version
Art Blakey Blakey (Album) EmArcy US 1955 Sell This Version
S1201, S 1201 Gigi Gryce · Thelonious Monk · Percy Heath · Art Blakey · Horace Silver · Art Farmer · Kenny Clarke · Cecil Payne · Jimmy Cleveland · Oscar Pettiford · Julius Watkins Gigi Gryce · Thelonious Monk · Percy Heath · Art Blakey · Horace Silver · Art Farmer · Kenny Clarke · Cecil Payne · Jimmy Cleveland · Oscar Pettiford · Julius Watkins - Gigi Gryce · Thelonious Monk · Percy Heath · Art Blakey · Horace Silver · Art Farmer · Kenny Clarke · Cecil Payne · Jimmy Cleveland · Oscar Pettiford · Julius Watkins(LP, Album, Mono) Signal (3), Signal (3) S1201, S 1201 US 1955 Sell This Version
Art Blakey A Night At Birdland, Volume 2 (Comp, Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Art Blakey A Night At Birdland, Volume 1 (Comp, Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet Featuring Art Blakey And Kenny Drew Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet Featuring Art Blakey And Kenny Drew - Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1956 Sell This Version
Art Blakey Orgy In Rhythm - Volume Two (Album) Blue Note US 1957 Sell This Version
Art Blakey Orgy In Rhythm (Volume One) (Album) Blue Note, Blue Note US 1957 Sell This Version
Randy Weston With Art Blakey Randy Weston With Art Blakey - Trio And Solo (Album) Riverside Records US 1957 Sell This Version
Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Tadd Dameron, Eddie Davis* Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Tadd Dameron, Eddie Davis* - Nostalgia (Fats Navarro Memorial No. 2) (Comp, Album) Savoy Records, Savoy Records US 1958 Sell This Version
Art Blakey Holiday For Skins Vol. 1 (Album) Blue Note US 1958 Sell This Version
Art Blakey Holiday For Skins Vol. 2 (Album) Blue Note US 1958 Sell This Version
Kenny Burrell with Art Blakey Kenny Burrell with Art Blakey - At The Five Spot Cafe (Album) Blue Note US 1959 Sell This Version
SA 6010, MU 6010 Art Blakey The Jazz Messengers(LP, Album) Savoy Records, Musidisc SA 6010, MU 6010 France 1960 Sell This Version
Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, "Philly" Joe Jones Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, "Philly" Joe Jones - Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland (Album) Roulette US 1960 Sell This Version
Bobby Timmons With Art Blakey, Blue Mitchell And Sam Jones Bobby Timmons With Art Blakey, Blue Mitchell And Sam Jones - Soul Time (Album) Riverside Records Netherlands 1960 Sell This Version
Art Blakey Featuring Bud Powell And Lee Morgan Art Blakey Featuring Bud Powell And Lee Morgan - Blakey In Paris (Album) Epic US 1961 Sell This Version
Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, "Philly" Joe Jones Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, "Philly" Joe Jones - Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland Vol. 2 (Album) Roulette US 1961 Sell This Version
BR 1053 C Art Blakey The Jazz Messengers At Club St. Germain(LP, Album, RE, Club) RCA Victor BR 1053 C Germany 1964 Sell This Version
Art Blakey 'S Make It (Album) Mercury UK 1965 Sell This Version
Art Blakey Soul! (Album) Fontana France 1965 Sell This Version
Art Blakey Soul Finger (Album) Mercury, Mercury UK 1965 Sell This Version
Art Blakey Buttercorn Lady (Album) Mercury Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version