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Art Blakey

Art Blakey also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina was an American jazz drummer and band leader.  He was one of the inventors of the modern, bebop style of drumming. Art Blakey was known as a powerful musician and undoubtedly one of the most influential jazz musicians ever. 

In the 1940s, Blakey was a member of bands led by Mary Lou Williams, Fletcher Henderson, and Billy Eckstine. By the late forties and early fifties, Art Blakey was assisting musicians such as

  • Miles Davis,
  • Bud Powell and
  • Thelonious Monk.

Art Blakey's name has become identical with hard drive and excitement. He was a musician who believed that a jazz group should be a firm consistent unit. Art Blakey’s band the Jazz Messengers included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz, including

  • Jackie McLean,
  • Clifford Brown,
  • Freddie Hubbard,
  • Wayne Shorter,
  • Curtis Fuller,
  • Donald Byrd,
  • Cedar Walton,
  • Lee Morgan,
  • Hank Mobley,
  • Johnny Griffin,
  • Benny Golson,
  • Bobby Timmons,
  • Jymie Merritt,
  • Chuck Mangione,
  • John Gilmore,
  • Woody Shaw,
  • Wynton Marsalis,
  • Branford Marsalis,
  • Gary Bartz,
  • Keith Jarrett,
  • Joanne Brackeen,
  • Brian Lynch,
  • James Williams,
  • Mulgrew Miller,
  • Benny Green,
  • Donald Harrison,
  • Terence Blanchard, and
  • John Hick.

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