Views and Brews: Art Blakey and The Art of Revolution
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Both playing drums and out in the world, Art Blakey produced a powerfully important original sound, the influence of which has lasted for generations. Blakey was a mentor to many musicians and is considered to be a developer of much of the jazz landscape for the past 50 years, as he consistently led his Jazz Messengers. With a steady and unwavering practice, he produced a revolution.
What is in a sound? What qualities are necessary to lead a band for many decades? What passions helped to make Blakey’s music distinctive and propel it forward, representing a particular activism and identity? Listen back to our discussion about Blakey, his music, and his legacy and enjoy the superlative performances from some incredible musicians.
Rabbi Neil Blumofe in discussion with KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with musicians Brannen Temple, drums; Ephraim Owens, trumpet; Sam Lipman, saxophone; Freddie Mendoza, Trombone; Dr. James Polk, Piano; Roscoe Beck, Bass.
Watch the full discussion here.
Watch Ephraim Owens, James Polk, Roscoe Beck and Brannen Temple perform “I Remember Clifford”