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Art Blakey

dr, 1919-1990 US, Pittsburgh
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Arthur Blakey (Abdullah Ibn Buhaina) Abdullah Buhaina

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.

        
Instruments
  • Drums
  • Vocals
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Soundtrack
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Moanin' - Remastered on Moanin' by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Along Came Betty on Moanin' by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Blues March - Remastered on Moanin' by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Are You Real - Remastered on Moanin' by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
No Problem - Pt. 1 / BOF "Les liaisons dangereuses" on Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 by Art Blakey
Sweet 'n' Sour on Caravan [Keepnews Collection] by Art Blakey
The Drum Thunder Suite - Remastered on Moanin' by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Moanin' (Alternate Take) - Remastered on Moanin' by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
A Chant For Bu on Vol. 2: Mission Eternal by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Along Came Betty on Vol. 2: Mission Eternal by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Les Liaisons Dangereueses + Des Femmes DisparaissentArt Blakey, Duke Jordan2018Compil.
Four Classic AlbumsArt Blakey2017Compil.
All That Jazz, Vol. 70: The MeetingJohn Coltrane Featuring Art Blakey2016Album
All That Jazz, Vol. 66: Hackensack - Thelonious Monk And Friends Play Monk & EllingtonThelonious Monk Featuring Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Oscar Pettiford, Kenny Clarke2016Album
The Complete Blue Note Collection Part Two 1957-1960 - Eight Complete AlbumsArt Blakey2015Compil.
The Complete Columbia And RCA Albums CollectionArt Blakey2015Album
The Complete Blue Note Collection Part One 1954-1957 - Eight Complete AlbumsArt Blakey2015Compil.
The Complete Blue Note Collection Part Three 1960-1962 - Eight Complete AlbumsArt Blakey2015Compil.
Blues MarchArt Blakey2015Compil.
Stretching (J Rocc Edit) / Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)Art Blakey / Digable Planets2015Single
15 Essentials Of Art BlakeyArt Blakey2014Album
Seven Classic Albums Vol.2Art Blakey2013Compil.
Art Blakey - Donald Byrd - John ColtraneArt Blakey - Donald Byrd - John Coltrane2013Single
The Jazz MessengersArt Blakey2012Compil.
The End Of A Love AffairArt Blakey2012Single
The Ultimate Art BlakeyArt Blakey2012Compil.
Eight Classic AlbumsArt Blakey2012Compil.
Coleção Folha Clássicos Do Jazz 5Art Blakey2012Compil.
Moanin'Art Blakey2012Compil.
Nineteen Classic AlbumsArt Blakey, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, The Jazz Messengers2012Compil.
On View At The Five Spot CafeKenny Burrell with Art Blakey2011Album
Jazz Messengers!!!!! / A Jazz MessageArt Blakey2011Compil.
4 AlbumsArt Blakey2011Compil.
Three Classic Albums PlusArt Blakey2010Compil.
3 Originals (Moanin' • Drum Suite • A Night In Tunesia)Art Blakey2010Compil.
Kind Of BlakeyArt Blakey2009Album
SimplicityArt Blakey2009Compil.
SimplicityArt Blakey2009Compil.
Live At The Jazz New Festival Deutsches Museum Germany, August 18, 1972Art Blakey, Tony Williams Group2008Album
Latin & Jazz Vol. 1Art Blakey2008Compil.
Live At The 1972 Monterey Jazz FestivalArt Blakey And The Giants Of Jazz2008Album
The MessengerArt Blakey2007Compil.
Now's The TimeArt Blakey2007Compil.
The Prime SourceArt Blakey2007Compil.
Holiday For SkinsArt Blakey2006Compil.
First Class Jazz - Art BlakeyArt Blakey2006Compil.
Hard BopArt Blakey2005Compil.
Out Of NowhereArt Blakey2005Compil.
Quicksilver Live At BirdlandArt Blakey2005Album
Sonny Stitt QuartetSonny Stitt Quartet With Art Blakey2005Single
One By OneArt Blakey2004Album
The Complete Lee Kraft SessionsJohn Coltrane With Art Blakey2004Compil.
Jersey BluesWoody Shaw Quintet Featuring Art Blakey2004Album
1956-1958Art Blakey2003Compil.
Art Blakey's Jazz MessengersArt Blakey2002Album
Monks MoodThelonious Monk Featuring Milt Jackson And Art Blakey2001Compil.
WorkshopArt Blakey & James Moody2001Compil.
Ken Burns JazzArt Blakey2000Compil.
Solo, Duo & TrioRandy Weston Featuring Art Blakey, Sam Gill2000Compil.
The Best Of Art BlakeyArt Blakey2000Compil.
It'S Only A Paper MoonArt Blakey2000Compil.
Drums Around The CornerArt Blakey1999Album
JodyWynton Marsalis & Art Blakey1999Album
BlakeyArt Blakey1999Single
Greatest HitsArt Blakey1999Compil.
The Breeze And IArt Blakey1999Single
A Night At BirdlandArt Blakey, Buddy Rich, Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie1998Compil.
Jazz MastersArt Blakey1998Compil.
This Is JazzArt Blakey1997Compil.
Orgy In Rhythm Volumes One & TwoArt Blakey1997Compil.
Drum King - Modern Classics From A Jazz LegendArt Blakey1997Compil.
Planet Jazz: Art BlakeyArt Blakey1997Compil.
Art Blakey ( New York)Art Blakey1997Compil.
Sony Jazz CollectionArt Blakey1997Compil.
Jazz Profile: Art BlakeyArt Blakey1997Compil.
The Best Artist Of JazzArt Blakey1996Compil.
Jazz & Blues CollectionArt Blakey1996Compil.
The Jazz Masters - 100 Años De SwingArt Blakey1996Compil.
The Best Of Art BlakeyArt Blakey1995Compil.
Art BlakeyArt Blakey1995Compil.
Are You RealArt Blakey1995Album
LiveThe Giants Of Jazz, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Art Blakey And Dizzy Gillespie Quintet1994Album
Nostalgia (Fats Navarro Memorial No. 2)Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Tadd Dameron, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis1993Compil.
Art BlakeyArt Blakey1993Compil.
Trio And SoloRandy Weston With Art Blakey1993Album
Artistry Of Art BlakeyArt Blakey1992Compil.
Jazz MastersThelonious Monk - Art Blakey1992Single
Moanin'Art Blakey1992Album
The Jazz MessengerArt Blakey1991Compil.
The LegendArt Blakey1991Compil.
The Bop Fathers - Volume 2Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk1991Album
Art Blakey 1968Art Blakey1991Compil.
Nostalgia (Fats Navarro Memorial No. 2)Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Tadd Dameron, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis1991Album
PowerhouseArt Blakey1990Compil.
The Best Of Art BlakeyArt Blakey1990Compil.
Art BlakeyArt Blakey1989Compil.
New SoundsArt Blakey And James Moody1989Compil.
Tour De ForceDizzy Gillespie · Sonny Stitt · Kai Winding · Thelonious Monk · Al McKibbon · Art Blakey · Al Gafa1989Album
Feel The WindFreddie Hubbard, Art Blakey1989Album
The Best OfArt Blakey1989Compil.
Giants Of Jazz In Berlin '71Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey1988Album
The Best Of Art Blakey The Blue Note YearsArt Blakey1988Compil.
New York City, Birdland Club, February 21, 1954Art Blakey & Clifford Brown1988Compil.
Art BlakeyArt Blakey1985Compil.
Art BlakeyArt Blakey1983Compil.
Art Blakey With Wynton MarsalisArt Blakey with Wynton Marsalis1982Album
Killer JoeGeorge Kawaguchi & Art Blakey1982Album
Jazz At The SmithsonianArt Blakey1982Album
Art BlakeyArt Blakey1981Compil.
Art Blakey And Horace SilverArt Blakey, Horace Silver1981Compil.
Giants Of JazzDizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey1980Album
PiscesArt Blakey1979Album
Live At The Renaissance ClubArt Blakey1978Album
Bop Fathers "In Paris"Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey1978Album
Live MessengersArt Blakey1978Album
In This KornerArt Blakey1978Album
Bop Fathers "In Paris"Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon1977Album
Early BonesJ.J. Johnson - Kai Winding - Bennie Green With Sonny Rollins, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, Art Blakey1976Compil.
Percussion DiscussionMax Roach / Art Blakey1976Compil.
Blues March / MoaninArt Blakey1976Single
Sessions, LiveCount Basie, Joe Williams And Art Blakey1976Album
The Jazz MessengersArt Blakey And Thelonious Monk1976Album
Miles Davis & Art BlakeyMiles Davis & Art Blakey1975Compil.
The Big BeatArt Blakey / Max Roach / Elvin Jones / "Philly" Joe Jones1974Compil.
The Big BeatArt Blakey / Max Roach / Elvin Jones / "Philly" Joe Jones1974Compil.
Drum Night At BirdlandArt Blakey, "Philly" Joe Jones, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones1974Compil.
ThermoArt Blakey1973Compil.
And The Jazz Messengers Vol. 1 - Child's DanceArt Blakey1972Album
JazzArt Blakey1972Single
Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud / Famous Cine-Jazz ThemesThe Miles Davis Quintet, Art Blakey Et Afrocuban Boys, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers1972Compil.
The Giants Of JazzArt Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Al McKibbon, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding1972Album
Jazz Highlights Vol.1Art Blakey1970Compil.
Blues March / MoaninArt Blakey1970Single
Art BlakeyArt Blakey1969Single
Soft WindsArt Blakey1969Compil.
Five Greatest DrummersMax Roach / Shelly Manne / Elvin Jones / "Philly" Joe Jones / Art Blakey1968Compil.
Hold On, I'm ComingArt Blakey1966Single
Back To BackMiles Davis / Art Blakey1966Compil.
Hold On, I'm ComingArt Blakey1966Album
Wild!Art Blakey1965Compil.
Buh's Bossa / Soul FingerArt Blakey1965Single
Miles Versus BlakeyMiles Davis Versus Art Blakey1965Compil.
Message From Kenya / Nothing But The SoulArt Blakey - Sabu Martinez1965Album
Soulful Drum BattlesArt Blakey, Charlie Persip, Louis Bellson, "Philly" Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa1964Compil.
Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland Vol. 2Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, "Philly" Joe Jones1961Album
Blakey In ParisArt Blakey Featuring Bud Powell And Lee Morgan1961Album
Paris Jam SessionArt Blakey • Bud Powell • Barney Wilen • Wayne Shorter • Lee Morgan1961Album
At The Five Spot CafeKenny Burrell with Art Blakey1960Album
Drums - Vol. 2 : Jam Session De Batteries Au "Birdland"Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones Et "Philly" Joe Jones1960Single
So Tired / The Touch Of Your LipsBobby Timmons with Blue Mitchell, Sam Jones, Art Blakey1960Single
Gretsch Drum Night At BirdlandArt Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, "Philly" Joe Jones1960Album
Hooray For Art Blakey Vol.2Art Blakey1958Album
Holiday For Skins Vol. 2Art Blakey1958Album
Nostalgia (Fats Navarro Memorial No. 2)Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Tadd Dameron, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis1958Compil.
Gigi GryceGigi Gryce, Thelonious Monk, Percy Heath & Art Blakey1958Single
Holiday For Skins Vol. 1Art Blakey1958Album
Orgy In Rhythm (Volume One)Art Blakey1957Album
LocomotiveFrank Foster, Curly Russell, Art Blakey, Ray Copeland Featuring Thelonious Monk1957Single
Orgy In Rhythm - Volume TwoArt Blakey1957Album
Abdallah's Delight / Elephant WalkArt Blakey1957Single
We SeeFrank Foster, Curly Russell, Art Blakey, Ray Copeland Featuring Thelonious Monk1957Single
Ya Ya / Come Out & Meet Me TonightArt Blakey & Sabu Martinez1957Single
Trio And SoloRandy Weston With Art Blakey1957Album
Now's The TimeArt Blakey1957Single
Modern JazzArt Blakey, Sonny Rollins, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Horace Silver, Stan Getz, Miles Davis1956Album
Wee-DotArt Blakey - Clifford Brown - Lou Donaldson1956Single
Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetSonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet Featuring Art Blakey And Kenny Drew1956Album
QuicksilverArt Blakey - Clifford Brown1956Single
BlakeyArt Blakey1955Album
Gigi Gryce · Thelonious Monk · Percy Heath · Art Blakey · Horace Silver · Art Farmer · Kenny Clarke · Cecil Payne · Jimmy Cleveland · Oscar Pettiford · Julius WatkinsGigi Gryce · Thelonious Monk · Percy Heath · Art Blakey · Horace Silver · Art Farmer · Kenny Clarke · Cecil Payne · Jimmy Cleveland · Oscar Pettiford · Julius Watkins1955Album
Salute To BirdlandArt Blakey1954Single
Introducing Paul BleyPaul Bley With Charles Mingus, Art Blakey1954Album
Vol. 2The Horace Silver Trio And Art Blakey1954Album
New SoundsMax Roach, James Moody, Kenny Dorham, Art Blakey1952Compil.
Hooray ForMilt Jackson, John Lewis, Art Blakey, Kenny DorhamAlbum
Miles Davis, 'Lockjaw' Davis, Art BlakeyMiles Davis, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Art BlakeyAlbum
Jam Session De Batteries Au "Birdland"Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones Et "Philly" Joe JonesSingle
Hooray For Art BlakeyArt BlakeyAlbum
Gretsch Drum Night At BirdlandArt Blakey - Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones - "Philly" Joe JonesSingle
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960- No Problem / Asenseur Pour L'echaf Aud-GeneriqueArt Blakey, Miles DavisSingle
This Is The Modern Drum Battles!Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa, "Philly" Joe Jones, Charlie PersipCompil.
Art Blakey and Elvin JonesArt Blakey and Elvin JonesCompil.
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 44Art Blakey / Freddie Hubbard / Horace Silver / Max RoachCompil.
Art Blakey & Clifford BrownArt Blakey & Clifford BrownCompil.
Art Blakey And Elvin JonesArt Blakey And Elvin JonesAlbum
NostalgiaFats Navarro, Art BlakeySingle
Are You Real / Just By MyselfArt Blakey, Lee Morgan, Benny GolsonSingle
Jazz MastersArt Blakey, Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersSingle
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