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Dan Morgenstern

Remembering Art Blakey

Remembering Art Blakey

Dizzy Gillespie nicknamed him ”Thunder.” For more than 40 years, Art Blakey, the volcanic jazz drummer who died on Oct. 16 at age 71, led his Jazz Messengers, recording more than 60 albums and helping to define the seminal jazz school called hard bop. As a talent spotter, he had no peers. The graduates from his informal jazz academy make up a contemporary jazz ”Who’s Who,” including, among trumpeters alone, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Mangione, and Wynton Marsalis.

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