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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

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May 3, 2007 The saxophone player (and Hollywood composer) talks about his role in shaping Art Blakey's band.

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December 11, 2009 Here are the 10 finest jazz records of 2009, and one fine reissue, as chosen by WBGO's Josh Jackson.

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August 1, 2001 One of the greatest jazz drummers, Blakey employed powerful, rhythmic playing in the hard bop style.

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The cover of The Best of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers

August 1, 2001 One of the greatest jazz drummers, Blakey employed powerful, rhythmic playing in the hard bop style.

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The band led by drummer Art Blakey (center) groomed more than 150 alumni members, including saxophonist Wayne Shorter and trumpeter Lee Morgan.

October 11, 2012 From the mid-'50s to 1990, the drummer's band became a finishing school for musicians.

Gary Bartz performs at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival. The saxophonist is often cited as a messenger of black empowerment in music.

June 19, 2012 For Juneteenth, today's jazz luminaries reflect on recordings about African-American emancipation.

Dr. Martin Luther  King Jr. sees off a group of Freedom Riders as they board a bus for Jackson, Miss., on May 24, 1961.

May 4, 2011 The dream of social justice resulted in one of the most creative periods in jazz history.

With many young talents under his tutelage, Art Blakey has often been called the father of hard bop.

January 25, 2010 Evolving out of 1950s bebop, hard bop incorporates gospel, soul and R&B. Hear five classics.

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December 30, 2009 Hear choice cuts chosen from 27 archival Newport Jazz Festival concerts recently released online.

Art Blakey counts Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Terence Blanchard among his Jazz Messengers alumni. And that's the short list.

October 13, 2009 Blakey's Jazz Messengers served as a graduate school and springboard for a legion of jazz greats.

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July 21, 2009 Hear five jazz songs that might inspire you to ask your fellow jazz fan, "What's your sign?"

August 3, 2009 When it comes to prolific artists like Art Blakey, it can be easy to overlook a classic. Blakey ...

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