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Art Blakey

Drummer and leader of the Jazz Messengers, a hard bop ensemble ofthe 1940's. In the 60s, 70s, and 80s, when artists on the cutting edge were attempting to transform the music, Blakey continued to play more or less the same as he had since the 40s, when his cohorts included the likes of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Fats Navarro. Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.