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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
At home in New York, August 1959 (photo: Francis Wolff/Mosaic Images LLC)

LESSONS

Donald Brown: I learned to be on time. To be a man of your word. How to pace the sets and the solos. How to carry yourself on and off the bandstand. How to present yourself individually as well as collectively as a band. How to stand up for what you believe.

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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.