Art Blakey

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Art Blakey, 1973 in Hamburg

Art Blakey (October 11 1919October 16 1990) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.


  • [On a live performance] If you feel like tapping your feet, tap your feet. If you feel like clapping your hands, clap your hands. And if you feel like taking off your shoes, take off your shoes. We are here to have a ball. So we want you to leave your worldly troubles outside and come in here and swing.
  • [S]o go on and play, and if you make a mistake, make it loud so you won't make it next time.
    • Statement on the album A Night in Tunisia.

Quotes about Art Blakey[edit]

  • If Art Blakey's old-fashioned, I'm white.
    • Miles Davis, in Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 

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