Art Blakey, also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was born Oct. 11, 1919, in Pittsburgh, Pa. This drummer and bandleader was known for his extraordinary drum solos, which helped define the offshoot of bebop known as " hard bop". He was also known for giving younger musicians a start in their careers as jazz performers in his group, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He died on Oct. 16, 1990 in New York.
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