Kenny Clarke  

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Kenny Clarke (January 9, 1914 - January 26, 1985), born Kenneth Spearman Clarke, nicknamed "Klook" and later known as Liaqat Ali Salaam, was a jazz drummer and an early innovator of the bebop style of drumming. As the house drummer at Minton's Playhouse in the early 1940s, he participated in the after hours jams that led to the birth of Be-Bop, which in turn led to modern jazz. While in New York, he played with the major innovators of the emerging bop style, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell and others, as well as musicians of the prior generation, including Sidney Bechet.


As leader or co-leader

Kenny Clarke / Francy Boland Big Band (1962-1971)

As sideman

Template:Expand section With Kenny Burrell

With Donald Byrd

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin

With Art Farmer

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Johnny Griffin

With Milt Jackson

With Charles Mingus

With Thelonious Monk

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