Art Blakey

Real Name:
Arthur Blakey (Abdullah Ibn Buhaina)
Profile:
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 & The Afro-Drum Ensemble, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Art Blakey And His Afro Cuban Boys, Art Blakey Quartet, Art Blakey Quintet, Art Blakey's Band, Art Blakey's Big Band, Bennie Green Septet, Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra, Buddy DeFranco And His Trio, Buddy DeFranco Quartet, Clark Terry And His Orchestra, Clifford Brown Sextet, Coleman Hawkins Quintet, Dexter Gordon Quintet, Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, East Coast All-Stars, Elmo Hope Quintet, Fats Navarro And His Band, Fats Navarro Quintet, Gil Evans And His Orchestra, Gil Fuller Orchestra, Hank Mobley And His All Stars, Hank Mobley Quartet, Illinois Jacquet And His Orchestra, James Moody And His Modernists, Johnny Griffin Septet, Julius Watkins Sextet, Kenny Burrell Septet, Kenny Dorham Nonet, Kenny Dorham Octet, Lee Morgan Quintet, Lou Donaldson Quintet, Lou Donaldson Sextet, Miles Davis And His Band, Miles Davis And His Cool Wailers, Milton Jackson And His New Group, Paul Bley Trio, Quincy Jones' All Star Big Band, Randy Weston Trio, Sonny Rollins Quartet, Sonny Rollins Quintet, Sonny Stitt Band, Sonny Stitt Quartet, The Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble, The Giants Of Jazz (2), The Gigi Gryce Quartet, The Hank Mobley Quintet, The Horace Silver Trio, The Kenny Drew Trio, The Miles Davis Quartet, The Miles Davis Sextet, The Quincy Jones Big Band, The Thelonious Monk Quintet, Thelonious Monk Septet, Thelonious Monk Sextet, Thelonious Monk Trio, Tina Brooks Quintet, Walter Gil Fuller And His Orchestra, Woody Shaw Quintet, Zoot Sims Quartet
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BLP 5034 Art Blakey - Vol. 2 album art Horace Silver Trio* And Art Blakey Horace Silver Trio* And Art Blakey - Vol. 2 (Album) Blue Note BLP 5034 US 1954 Sell This Version
M 33.352 Art Blakey - Introducing Paul Bley album art Paul Bley, Charlie Mingus*, Art Blakey Paul Bley, Charlie Mingus*, Art Blakey - Introducing Paul Bley (Album) Debut Records M 33.352 France 1954 Sell This Version
MG 26030 Art Blakey - Blakey album art Art Blakey Blakey (Album, Comp) EmArcy MG 26030 US 1955 Sell This Version
7029, PRLP 7029 Art Blakey - Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet album art 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 (Comp, Album) Prestige, Prestige 7029, PRLP 7029 US 1956 Sell This Version
RLP 12-227 Art Blakey - Trio And Solo album art Randy Weston With Art Blakey Randy Weston With Art Blakey - Trio And Solo (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-227 US 1957 Sell This Version
BLP 1555 Art Blakey - Orgy In Rhythm - Volume Two album art Art Blakey Orgy In Rhythm - Volume Two (Album) Blue Note BLP 1555 US 1957 Sell This Version
1554, BLP 1554 Art Blakey - Orgy In Rhythm (Volume One) album art Art Blakey Orgy In Rhythm (Volume One) (Album) Blue Note, Blue Note 1554, BLP 1554 US 1957 Sell This Version
BLP 4005 Art Blakey - Holiday For Skins Vol. 2 album art Art Blakey Holiday For Skins Vol. 2 (Album) Blue Note BLP 4005 US 1958 Sell This Version
BLP 4004 Art Blakey - Holiday For Skins Vol. 1 album art Art Blakey Holiday For Skins Vol. 1 (Album) Blue Note BLP 4004 US 1958 Sell This Version
1595, BST 1595 Art Blakey - Somethin' Else album art Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, Art Blakey Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, Art Blakey - Somethin' Else (Album) Blue Note, Blue Note 1595, BST 1595 US 1959 Sell This Version
RLP 334 Art Blakey - Soul Time album art 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 RLP 334 Netherlands 1960 Sell This Version
RL 52049, RL-52049 Art Blakey - Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland album art 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 RL 52049, RL-52049 Australia 1960 Sell This Version
BLP 4021 Art Blakey - At The Five Spot Cafe album art Kenny Burrell with Art Blakey Kenny Burrell with Art Blakey - At The Five Spot Cafe (Album) Blue Note BLP 4021 US 1960 Sell This Version
R-52067 Art Blakey - Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland Vol. 2 album art 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 R-52067 US 1961 Sell This Version
BA 17017 Art Blakey - Blakey In Paris album art Art Blakey Featuring Bud Powell And Lee Morgan Art Blakey Featuring Bud Powell And Lee Morgan - Blakey In Paris (Album) Epic BA 17017 US 1961 Sell This Version
9003 S Art Blakey - Theme From Golden Boy album art Art Blakey Theme From Golden Boy(LP, Comp) Colpix Records 9003 S France 1963 Sell This Version
BR 1053 C Art Blakey - The Jazz Messengers At Club St. Germain album art Art Blakey The Jazz Messengers At Club St. Germain (Album) RCA Victor BR 1053 C Germany 1964 Sell This Version
BX 4018, BX-4018 Art Blakey - Art Blakey And His Driving Big Band album art Art Blakey Art Blakey And His Driving Big Band (Album) Bethlehem Records, Bethlehem Records BX 4018, BX-4018 US 1965 Sell This Version
210 000 LML Art Blakey - 'S Make It album art Art Blakey 'S Make It (Album) Mercury 210 000 LML Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
LML 4012, 210 017 LML Art Blakey - Soul Finger album art Art Blakey Soul Finger (Album) Mercury, Mercury LML 4012, 210 017 LML UK 1965 Sell This Version
683 261 JCL Art Blakey - Soul! album art Art Blakey Soul! (Album) Fontana 683 261 JCL France 1965 Sell This Version
220 027 LMY Art Blakey - My Romance album art Art Blakey My Romance (Album) Mercury 220 027 LMY Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
LS 86038 Art Blakey - Hold On, I'm Coming album art Art Blakey Hold On, I'm Coming (Album) Limelight LS 86038 US 1966 Sell This Version
590.009, 590009 Art Blakey - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk album art Thelonious Monk And Art Blakey With Johnny Griffin Thelonious Monk And Art Blakey With Johnny Griffin - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 590.009, 590009 UK 1967 Sell This Version
RS 3022 Art Blakey - Ugetsu album art Art Blakey Ugetsu (Album) Riverside Records RS 3022 Japan 1968 Sell This Version