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Art Blakey: Praise the Messenger

To honor the drummer's centennial, more than three dozen musicians who worked with the peerless bandleader share their memories of Bu

Art Blakey
With Cedar Walton (left) and Wayne Shorter at a rehearsal for the Indestructible album, NYC, April 1964 (photo: Francis Wolff/Mosaic Images LLC)


Joanne Brackeen: He could tell any story about anything, and you would know that there was no way this story could possibly be true. But by the time he ended the story, you would feel that this story was absolutely, 100 percent truth.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.