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Arthur Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was briefly 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), the Grammy Hall of Fame (in 1998 and 2001), and was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

See also


  • Blakey's solo or semi-solo albums are denoted in bold.
  • Album date based on recording year, not release year.
  1. New Sounds (1952)
  2. A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 (1954)
  3. A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 (1954)
  4. A Night at Birdland Vol. 3 (1954)
  5. Blakey (1954)
  6. At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1 (1955)
  7. At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2 (1955)
  8. The Jazz Messengers (1956)
  9. Originally (1956)
  10. Hard Bop (1956)
  11. Ritual (1957)
  12. Drum Suite (1957)
  13. Orgy in Rhythm (1957)
  14. A Midnight Session (1957)
  15. Selections from Lerner and Loewe's... (1957)
  16. Cu-Bop (1957)
  17. With Thelonious Monk (1957)
  18. Hard Drive (1957)
  19. Big Band (1957)
  20. Moanin' (1958)
  21. Drums Around the Corner (1958)
  22. Holiday for Skins (1958)
  23. 1958 – Paris Olympia (1958)
  24. Des Femmes Disparaissent (1958)
  25. The St. Germain Club (1958)
  26. At the Jazz Corner of the World (1959)
  27. Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1959)
  28. Africaine (1959)
  29. The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (1959)
  30. Paris Jam Session (1959)
  31. The Big Beat (1960)
  32. A Night in Tunisia (1961)
  33. Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! (1961)

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