Art Blakey: Jazz Messenger

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In the 1950s, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers introduced "hard bop," a blend of bebop, blues, gospel, and Latin music that has defined the jazz mainstream ever since. Although Blakey's influence as a drummer and bandleader was enormous, his greatest contribution may have been as a mentor to younger musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean, and Wynton Marsalis. Leslie Gourse chronicles Blakey's colorful life and career, from his hardscrabble childhood in Pittsburgh to his ...
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In the 1950s, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers introduced "hard bop," a blend of bebop, blues, gospel, and Latin music that has defined the jazz mainstream ever since. Although Blakey's influence as a drummer and bandleader was enormous, his greatest contribution may have been as a mentor to younger musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean, and Wynton Marsalis. Leslie Gourse chronicles Blakey's colorful life and career, from his hardscrabble childhood in Pittsburgh to his final years as an international jazz icon.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780825672729
  • Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/15/2002
  • Pages: 209
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Words of Wisdom, Mantras and Maxims 9
Chronology 13
Rolling with the Punches 21
Maturing as a Drummer 35
The Jazz Messengers 45
Expanding Horizons 61
New Messengers 81
Struggling in the Sixties 91
Turns in the Road 115
The Last Great Jazz Messengers 136
Life in the 1980s 153
Last True Tales 165
Discographical Note 181
Notes 183
Index 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Art Blakey: Jazz Messenger

    The author creates a warm and swinging portrait of one of the most inspirational and productive bandleaders in American music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Art Blakey: Jazz Messenger

    Author Leslie Gourse is a devoted, ardent, painstaking biographer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Art Blakey: Jazz Messenger

    During his life, Blakey established himself as a unique drummer and a strong leader whose group, the Jazz Messengers, lived up to its name for 37 years, carrying their swinging message all over the world. He mentored a long list of side musicians who became well-known jazz soloists and composers. Along with a history of Blakey's musicial triumphs, the author gives us many stories of a more personal nature, including the way he dealt with his managers, his several wives, amours, and musicians. Included are eight pages of photos, a chronology of Blakey's life, and a collection of his 'Words of Wisdom, Mantras, and Maxims.'

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