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Art Blakey

Arthur Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he converted to Islam for a short time in the late 1940s.

Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He then worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s, Horace Silver and Blakey formed the Jazz Messengers, a group that the drummer was associated with for the next 35 years. The group was formed as a collective of contemporaries, but over the years the band became known as an incubator for young talent, including Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller, Chuck Mangione, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Cedar Walton, Woody Shaw, Terence Blanchard, and Wynton Marsalis. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz calls the Jazz Messengers "the archetypal hard bop group of the late 50s."

Blakey was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame (in 1981). Posthumously, he was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Grammy Hall of Fame (in 1998 and 2001). He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 11, 1919 (Pittsburgh), Died October 16, 1990 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 80993 5/10/1951 Experience Martha Davis instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 80994 5/10/1951 How could anything be so bad Martha Davis instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 80995 5/10/1951 You're the doctor Martha Davis instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 80996 5/10/1951 Piano player boogie Martha Davis instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 81296 7/20/1951 If, if, if you were mine Gladys Bruce instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 81297 7/20/1951 I've got the blues for my baby Gladys Bruce instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 81298 7/20/1951 Trinidad Daddy Gladys Bruce instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 81299 7/20/1951 The right kind of feeling Gladys Bruce instrumentalist, drums  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Blakey, Art," accessed May 23, 2024,

Blakey, Art. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 23, 2024, from

"Blakey, Art." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 23 May 2024.

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