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Artist Profiles - Drummer Art Blakey

Before co-founding the Jazz Messengers with Horace Silver, Art Blakey was backing jazz greats Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk...Nicknamed the "Tiger Of Jazz" he was known for his aggressive swing style and was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming.. Members of the Jazz Messengers is like a who's who in jazz with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons, Terence Blanchard & Wynton Marsalis to name a few. Art Blakey was proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians.