Art Blakey

Art Blakey

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American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader, best remembered as founder & 35 year leader of The Jazz Messengers.
Born October 11, 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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, at the Democratic Club in Pittsburgh where he was gigging, Arts' piano career came to an abrupt end as he was ordered onto the drums to make way 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, & 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 joined & toured with Fletcher Henderson for 3 years, followed by a years steady gig at Bostons' Tic Toc club. Then as a member of Billy Eckstine's band, he played with the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, & Sarah Vaughan. When Eckstein disbanded in 1947, Blakey organized the Seventeen Messengers, a rehearsal band, & recorded with an octet called the Jazz Messengers, the first of his many groups bearing this name. In1948 he visited Africa, where he learned polyrhythmic drumming & was introduced to Islam, taking the name Abdullah Ibn Buhaina.
The early 1950s, saw him performing & broadcasting with such musicians as Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and Horace Silver.
Blakey & Silver connected & formed the Jazz Messengers.
This band soon evolved into Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, as Blakey remained the leader with changing personal, playing together with them until his death.
From 1947 until 1972 he also recorded regularly with Thelonious Monk.
Blakey is a major figure in modern jazz and an important stylist in drums.
His contribution to jazz as a discoverer & molder of young talent over three decades cannot be overlooked.
- born: October 11, 1919, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- died: October 16, 1990, New York City, New York
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Art Blakey Discography

Albums

BLP 5034 Horace Silver Trio* And Art Blakey Horace Silver Trio* And Art Blakey - Vol. 2 (Album) Blue Note BLP 5034 Japan 1953 Sell This Version
DLP 7 Paul Bley With Charlie Mingus*, Art Blakey Paul Bley With Charlie Mingus*, Art Blakey - Introducing Paul Bley (Album) Debut Records DLP 7 US 1954 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
MG 26030 Art Blakey Blakey(10") EmArcy MG 26030 US 1955 Sell This Version
BLP 1522 Art Blakey A Night At Birdland, Volume 2 (Album) Blue Note BLP 1522 US 1956 Sell This Version
BLP 1521 Art Blakey A Night At Birdland, Volume 1 (Album) Blue Note BLP 1521 US 1956 Sell This Version
Rank 5036 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 Rank 5036 Japan 1956 Sell This Version
BLP 1555 Art Blakey Orgy In Rhythm - Volume Two (Album) Blue Note BLP 1555 US 1957 Sell This Version
BST 1554 Art Blakey Orgy In Rhythm - Volume One (Album) Blue Note BST 1554 US 1957 Sell This Version
RLP 12-227 Randy Weston With Art Blakey Randy Weston With Art Blakey - Trio And Solo (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-227 US 1957 Sell This Version
MG 12133, MG-12133 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 MG 12133, MG-12133 US 1958 Sell This Version
BLP 4004 Art Blakey Holiday For Skins Vol. 1 (Album) Blue Note BLP 4004 US 1958 Sell This Version
BLP 4005 Art Blakey Holiday For Skins Vol. 2 (Album) Blue Note BLP 4005 US 1958 Sell This Version
BLP 4021 Kenny Burrell with Art Blakey Kenny Burrell with Art Blakey - At The Five Spot Cafe (Album) Blue Note BLP 4021 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
R 52049 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 R 52049 US 1960 Sell This Version
RLP 334 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
BA 17017 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
SR-52067 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(LP, Album) Roulette SR-52067 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
SLML 4000 Art Blakey 'S Make It (Album) Mercury SLML 4000 UK 1965 Sell This Version
683 261 JCL Art Blakey Soul! (Album) Fontana 683 261 JCL France 1965 Sell This Version
LML 4012, 210017 LML Art Blakey Soul Finger (Album) Mercury, Mercury LML 4012, 210017 LML UK 1965 Sell This Version
LML 4021 Art Blakey My Romance (Album) Mercury LML 4021 UK 1966 Sell This Version
LS 86038 Art Blakey Hold On, I'm Coming (Album) Limelight LS 86038 US 1966 Sell This Version