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us: Blakey, Art, 1919-1990


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  • Variants

    • us: Blakey, Bu, 1919-1990
    • us: Buhaina, Abdullah ibn, 1919-1990
    • us: Ibn Buhaina, Abdullah, 1919-1990
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1919-10-11
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1990-10-16
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Pittsburgh (Pa.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) New York (N.Y.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra
        • Organization: (naf) Blue Note (Firm)
        • Organization: (naf) Jazz Messengers
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Billy Eckstine Big Band
    • Gender

        male
    • Field of Activity

        (lcsh) Jazz
      • Occupation

          (lcsh) Drummers (Musicians)
            (lcsh) Band directors
              (lcsh) Jazz musicians
                (lcsh) Percussionists
            • Sources

              • found: Soul finger. [Phonodisc] 1965.
              • found: Nite, N.N. Rock on almanac, 2nd ed.: p. 503 (Art Blakey; d. 10-16-1990)
              • found: Grovemusic WWW site, Sept. 18, 2003: Jazz (Blakey, Art (Buhaina, Abdullah ibn; Bu); b. Oct. 11, 1919, Pittsburgh, d. Oct. 16, 1990, New York; American drummer and bandleader; in the late 1940's he traveled in Africa to learn about Islamic culture, hence the name Abdullah ibn Buhaina and the subsequent nickname, Bu)
              • found: African American National Biography, accessed June 10, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Blakey, Art; Art William Blakey; Abdullah Ibn Buhaina; "Bu"; bandleader, jazz musician, percussionist; born 11 October, 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; worked in steel mills (1932); taught himself to play the piano, later switched to drums; played in Fletcher Henderson Orchestra (1939); led his own group in small nightclub in Boston (1942); assimilated the innovative bop drumming style (1940s); was a drummer at Billy Eckstine big band, Club Plantation, St. Louis (1944-1947); made Blue Note recordings with Thelonious Monk (1947); organized and made Blue Note recordings, rehearsal band Seventeen Messengers (1947); traveled to Africa, converted to the Islamic religion, changed his name to Abdullah Ibn Buhaina (1948); formed and led Jazz Messengers ensembles (1950s), made numerous recordings, recorded several film soundtracks (1959-1972), documentary film (1988), appeared at jazz video series of Sony (1982); was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame (1981), Jazz Messengers received a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance (1984); died 16 October, 1990 in New York, New York, United States)
            • LC Classification

              • ML419.B57
            • Change Notes

              • 1981-05-08: new
              • 2016-05-22: revised
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