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About Art Blakey

Grammy Award-winning hard bop drummer who performed with the Jazz Messengers. He was a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2005.

Early life

He taught himself the drums after learning how to play the piano.


He was a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Family of Art Blakey

He grew up with foster parents who were devout Seventh Day Adventists.

Close associates of Art Blakey

Blakey and Dave Brubeck were both accomplished jazz musicians.

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