Tag Archives: Art Blakey

Art Blakey’s Press Roll: ‘It’s the Way I Feel’

SKF NOTE:  Sometimes it’s disappointing when an interviewer misses an apparent opportunity to get a more in-depth answer. No doubt Art Blakey had one of the world’s great press rolls. Anytime a musician has a trademark style it’s always nice … Continue reading

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Drummer Photos: A Source of Wonder and Learning

SKF NOTE: Pre-internet, vinyl album liner notes and photographs were a valued source of information. That was especially true of jazz albums. Liner notes were almost always written by wonderful, authoritative people like Nat Hentoff, Leonard Feather, and Ralph J. … Continue reading

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Portrait of Art Blakey

SKF NOTE: A nice portrait of Art Blakey from the 1974 May/June Different Drummer magazine. The photographer is David D. Spitzer.

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Art Blakey at Birdland 1951

SKF NOTE: I love this Francis Wolff photo from Blue Note‘s Miles Davis: Birdland 1951 CD booklet. Art Blakey‘s beret and bowtie are classic! The CD sound quality isn’t optimum, but it’s optimum enough to hear Blakey swinging his tail off. … Continue reading

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Papa Jo, Philly Joe, Max, Art, and Randy Weston

SKF NOTE: This uncredited photo was in the September 1973 Jazz Magazine, a French magazine. I’m not sure if it is the same French Jazz Magazine online today. From left to right in the photo: Unidentified laughing man in dashiki; Papa … Continue reading

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Tony Williams: Why I Play the Way I Do

SKF NOTE: This segment is from a good interview by Vernon Gibbs called, Tony Williams: Report On A Musical Lifetime, in the January 29, 1976 Down Beat. I am unable to find the full interview online. Vernon Gibbs: What was … Continue reading

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Art Blakey Gretsch Ad 1958

SKF NOTE: A beautiful photo of Art Blakey and his Gretsch drumset taken by photographer extraordinaire Chuck Stewart. This was the inside front cover of Down Beat‘s March 6, 1958 issue.

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