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A Jazz Messenger

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Page added Sep 21, 2016 Updated Oct 11, 2016

Our Talking Jazz topic this week is the great Art Blakey. Hear the jazz legend from an archival interview in 1985 with pianist Ben Sidran.

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Drumming icon and leader of the Jazz Messengers for most of his career, Art Blakey is heard on an archival interview from 1985. He discusses the purpose behind the Messengers, and how the band came to be the force that it was. Many young musicians were able to use the Jazz Messengers as a launching pad for their own careers, and its alumni include the likes of Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan and Wynton Marsalis.

Presented by Ben Sidran
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Oct 7, 2016. 2:00pm - 2:50pm

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Artist Biography


Art Blakey (Arthur Blakey; October 11, 1919 - October 16, 1990) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he became a Muslim. Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s Horace Silver and...

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