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  Art Blakey - Impulse! Records
Art Blakey escaped the noise, tumult, and danger of the coal mines and steel mills of Pittsburgh into a life of music, carrying with him a volcanic force.
In that edition of his band, Blakey began tending toward what would come to be known as hard bop: jazz heavily invested with blues harmonies and gospel feeling.
By the next edition, Blakey and Silver had established hard bop, and it became a crucible in which Blakey for more than three decades forged young musicians who populated the jazz scene and in many cases lead it today.
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  Art Blakey - Biography - AOL Music
Blakey's first musical education came in the form of piano lessons; he was playing professionally as a seventh grader, leading his own commercial band.
Blakey's influence as a bandleader could not have been nearly so great had he not been such a skilled instrumentalist.
Blakey differed from other bop drummers in that his style was almost wholly about the music's physical attributes.
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But as Art himself told it so many times, his career on the piano ended at the wrong end of a pistol when the owner of the Democratic Club — the Pittsburgh nightclub where he was gigging — ordered him off the piano and onto the drums.
Art, then in his early teens and a budding pianist, was usurped by an equally young, Erroll Garner who, as it turned out, was as skilled at the piano as Blakey later was at the drums.
Art’s driving rhythms and his incessant two and four beat on the high hat cymbals were readily identifiable from the outset and remained a constant throughout 35 years of Jazz Messengers bands.
www.artblakey.com /bio.html   (871 words)

 Art Blakey - Drum Solo Artist
A leading drummer of the post-World War II bop style epitomized by Charlie Parker, Blakey was better known for his leadership of his Jazz Messengers, one of the longest-running and consistently-excellent groups in jazz.
By the time of Blakey's death in 1990, a tour with the peripatetic Messengers was viewed as a sort of pre-requisite for up-and-coming jazz musicians.
During the decade of the 1970s, American audiences abandoned acoustic jazz, and Blakey struggled to retain first-class musicians and the support of record labels and club owners in the U.S. Setting aside his neo-bop classicism, which he pioneered, Blakey took in band members whose tastes were decidedly more pop than jazz.
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 Art Blakey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Arthur (Art) Blakey (October 11, 1919–October 16, 1990), also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.
The origins of the Messengers are in a series of groups led or co-led by Blakey and pianist Horace Silver, though the name was not used on the earliest of their recordings.
Blakey took over the group name when Silver left after the band's first year (taking Mobley, Byrd and Watkins with him to form a new quintet with a variety of drummers), and the band was known as "Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers" from then onwards.
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 Art Blakey
Blakey was a pianist first; the move to drums has been variously attributed to Erroll Garner appearing on the scene, the regular drummer being off sick and (Blakey's favourite) a gangster's unarguable directive.
Blakey never tired of telling his sidemen (and sidewomen—pianist Joanne Brackeen was one of his discoveries) to go off and form their own bands: his band became an on-the-road college.
Blakey was a beacon for the creativity and drive of acoustic jazz through the electric '70s.
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 Jazz Icons: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers DVD
Art Blakey’s recordings, insight, and passion for his craft were his gift to the myriad of people around the world who were moved and inspired by his music.
Blakey was forever after a drummer; and he was in fact one of the most magnificent drummers jazz has produced.
Art Blakey looks happy and rested sitting behind the hippest drum set of the day: a Gretsch sparkle set with the smaller size drums (8" x 12" mounted tom tom, 14" x 14" floor tom and 18" bass drum) for a tighter, more modern sound.
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 Art Blakey: The Hard Bop Homepage
During his years with Eckstine (1944-47) Blakey became associated with the modern-jazz movement along with his fellow band members Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Fats Navarro, and others.
After recording together several times, in 1955 Blakey and Silver formed a cooperative group with Hank Mobley and Kenny Dorham, and Doug Watkins, with the name Jazz Messengers.
Blakey was a major figure in modern jazz and an important stylist on his instrument.
members.tripod.com /~hardbop/blakey.html   (506 words)

 Jazz Artist Biography - Art Blakey@ jazzreview.com
Born Pittsburgh, 1919, drummer Art Blakey remains one of the greatest jazz players and combo leaders in the history of jazz.
Blakey is known for his furious commitment, that soloists playing with him had to exert all their might to keep along with him.
Art Blakey has recorded with a wide range of musicians outside his own group, bringing urgency and sensitivity to the rhythm sections.
www.jazzreview.com /articledetails.cfm?ID=158   (737 words)

 Jazz Drummer Art Blakey - Sound Clip - MSN Encarta
American drummer and bandleader Art Blakey led the development of the jazz style known as hard bop, which incorporated elements of fl gospel music and blues into the bop style of jazz.
His innovations in drumming include a heavy use of cymbals coupled with snare and bass drum accents and placing his elbow on a drum to alter its pitch.
With his band the Jazz Messengers, Blakey also helped to discover and nurture many talented players over the years.
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 Art Blakey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Blakey acted as both a performer and a bandleader and would alternate which of these positions he focused on, depending upon the state of the band.
Blakey's musical skills and management caused the band to be one of the most popular and influential in the genre.
Blakey was awarded several honors posthumously, including the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award (1991), the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for Moanin' (inducted for the single in 1998 and for the album in 2001), the Café Bianluca Jazz Hall of Fame Award, and the Pittsburgh Jazz Festival Award.
www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu /LitMap/bios/Blakey__Art.html   (1043 words)

 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Art Blakey
Art Blakey received some piano lessons at school and by seventh grade was playing music full-time, leading a commercial band.
Although Blakey discourages comparison of his own music with African drumming, he adopted several African devices after his visit in 1948-9, including rapping on the side of the drum and using his elbow on the tom-tom to alter the pitch.
Blakey is a major figure in modern jazz and an important stylist in drums.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_blakey_art.htm   (578 words)

 Drummerworld: Art Blakey
Art would also perform as a sideman for some of the most important musicians in the business.
Art Blakey's name has become synonymous with hard drive and pulsating excitement.
Louie Bellson aptly described Blakey as "the volcano." As a soloist, accompanist and leader of the incomparable Jazz Messengers for over 40 years, Blakey was the complete "hard bop" drummer and perhaps the first to effectively combine African rhythms with traditional jazz drumming.
www.drummerworld.com /drummers/Art_Blakey.html   (595 words)

 Amazon.com: Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Art Blakey: Music: Art Blakey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Throughout his career, Blakey was a tireless advocate of the enduring values of bop, and he created a forum in which younger talents could flourish.
Art Blakey's reputation as a master who constantly challenged himself and the young musicians whom he mentored is well-documented here.
Blakey always chose the best pickings from the pool of musicians who were on the scene, and I think he rivals Miles in his band leadership.
www.amazon.com /Ken-Burns-JAZZ-Collection-Blakey/dp/B000050I3M   (1107 words)

 Artist page for Art Blakey - Wal-mart   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Blakey drummed for Mary Lou Williams on her New York debut in 1942, Fletcher Henderson's mighty swing orchestra (1943/4) and the legendary Billy Eckstine band that included Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk (1944-47).
Blakey's hi-hat and snare skills became legendary, as did the musicians who passed through the ranks of the Jazz Messengers: the band became an on the road "college" (pianist JoAnne Brackeen was one of his discoveries).
Blakey inspired and encouraged the creativity and drive of acoustic jazz through the electric 70s; Miles Davis once remarked "If Art Blakey's old-fashioned, I'm white".
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 Art Blakey's Shorter-Hubbard Quintet: The Hard Bop Homepage
Benny Golson was established before he joined Blakey, but Benny gained useful experience and had free play as Art's musical director.
After Golson's departure, Blakey hired tenorist Hank Mobley for a spell, recording a pungent nightclub performance, under the title At the Jazz Corner of the World, during this period.
The addition of saxophonist Wayne Shorter later in the year initiated a new expansion in the scope of the band, which was solidified by the arrival of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and pianist Cedar Walton in 1961.
members.tripod.com /~hardbop/blakey3.html   (497 words)

 JazzBlakey @ The Jazz Files   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Art Blakey, who came to New York from his native Pittsburgh in the early 40s, was self taught on drums.
When Silver left the group, taking the entire personel with him, Blakey formed a new band "The Jazz Messengers" which was to become one of the best-known and most successful Jazz ensembles through the last 5 decades of the 20th century.
As a sideman Blakey appeared on numerous recordings, most famously on Somethin'Else ('58) by Cannonball Adderley featuring Miles Davis and on Monk's Music by Thelonious Monk ('57).
www.thejazzfiles.com /JazzBlakey.html   (356 words)

 Mosaic by Art Blakey CD
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Art Blakey (drums); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Cedar Walton (piano); Jymie Merritt (bass).
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Cedar Walton (piano); Jymie Merritt (upright bass); Art Blakey (drums).
Blakey's trademark shuffle groove highlights Hubbard's gospel-flavored "Down Under" before the sextet gears up for Shorter's masterful "Children Of The Night," one of his most dynamic compositions that gets a spirited reading here.
www.cduniverse.com /search/xx/music/pid/7022893/a/Mosaic.htm   (423 words)

 NPR : Art Blakey: 'The Best of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers'
A.B. SPELLMAN, National Endowment for the Arts: That's "Moanin'," a Bobby Timmons composition for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
Art Blakey is a musician who featured a lot of the younger artists as they were coming up.
HORWITZ: And we should, I guess, state for the record that Art Blakey was a terrific, ebullient drummer.
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 Billboard.com - Discography (more) - Art Blakey - Compact Jazz: Art Blakey
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers [Universal] Released: November, 25, 2002
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk [Atlantic] Released: December, 10, 2002
Art Blakey Is Jazz Released: February, 16, 1999
www.billboard.com /bbcom/discography/more.jsp?tp=others&pid=43626&aid=132487   (368 words)

 Art blakey - Art Blakey - Impulse! Records   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Profile:, Art Blakey was born on 11 October 1919 and died on 16 October 1990.
Art Blakey was one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time.
Art Blakey escaped the noise, tumult, and danger of the coal mines and steel mills of He died in 1990, but Art Blakey will be with us for a long time.
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 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Caravan - Hybrid Stereo SACD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Art Blakey led many editions of his Jazz Messengers over more than three decades, but a strong argument can be made that the Messengers of his Riverside period constituted his strongest unit.
Caravan was the first of Blakey’s Riverside albums and endures as a living monument to his nonpareil drumming and leadership.
His solo on the title tune is one of the finest recorded examples of Blakey’s unique melding of precision and power.
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 YouTube - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - Blues March
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Blues March
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Goldie
Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers with John Gilmore on sax
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 BBC - Radio 3 Jazz Profiles - Art Blakey
Blakey's energetic drum style was featured on many records for Blue Note from the late 1940s, often with Thelonious Monk and other bop pioneers.
In the early 1950s he began recording with pianist Horace Silver, and in 1955 they formed the co-operative Jazz Messengers, which Blakey eventually took over.
This band pioneered 'hard bop' - a style of modern jazz that coupled bebop harmonies to the backbeat rhythms of the blues and the soulful sounds of gospel.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio3/jazz/profiles/art_blakey.shtml   (255 words)

 Jerry Jazz Musician Art Blakey
Jerry Jazz Musician and Excellent Experiences present "The Art of Jazz," a collection of paintings, photographs and sculpture celebrating the soundtrack of the American Century, and featuring the work of William Gottlieb, Nancy Ostrovsky, Bill Tripp, John Leon, Clifford Bailey, Jazzamoart, and others.
Blakey with Johnny Griffin....Songs that cover the spectrum, from hard bop to the kind that make you clear the room of clutter and hold your significant other...tight.
Art jams with Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver and Curly Russell from the 1954 live session...
www.jerryjazzmusician.com /portraits-single.cfm?CatalogName=blakeyart   (1013 words)

 Art Blakey : Live at Sweet Basil: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
Art Blakey : Live at Sweet Basil: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
This excellent all-around session showcases the 1985 edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, a band that boasted such fine young soloists as trumpeter Terence Blanchard, altoist Donald Harrison, tenor saxophonist Jean Toussaint and pianist Mulgrew Miller.
live at sweet basil: art blakey and the jazz messengers - similar albums
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