Cindy Blackman

Genres: Funk Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz drums awesome drummers free jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

18 November 1959, Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA. One of a growing number of female drummers, Blackman is a powerful but unbombastic player, part of the tradition that includes Max Roach and one of her main influences, Tony Williams. Her mother and grandmother were classical musicians and an uncle was a vibes player. She studied classical percussion at the University of Hartford, then went on to the Berklee College Of Music, where she was taught by Alan Dawson and Lennie Nelson. In 1982 she moved to New York and played with Freddie Hubbard, Sam Rivers and Jackie McLean, whose regular drummer she became in 1987. By then she had served a tough apprenticeship as house-drummer in Ted Curson’s all-night jam sessions at the Blue Note Club, and playing for several hours at a time in a band that performed on the corner of 42nd Street and 6th Avenue. Her recording debut with an all-star band displayed her skills as leader, composer, arranger and percussionist. In 1990, she...

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