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Art Blakey. His style of bebop was so aggressive that the term “hard bop” was coined to describe the music that Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers played from the 1950s through the late ’80s. Blakey came to major prominence in the late ’40s as a member of Billy Eckstine’s band, which featured Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and Fats Navarro.

Arthur "Art" Blakey October 1919 – October 1990 - American jazz drummer and bandleader.

Dexter Gordon - born Feb. 27, 1923 (d. 1990)… Dex helped forge the be-bop sound and style through the 40s and 50s, being influenced by and in turn influencing Charlie Parker, Lester Young and John Coltrane. Gordon spent the 60s and early 70s almost entirely in Europe, living in Paris and Copenhagen where the jazz scene was thriving and racism was less of a daily challenge.

Dexter Gordon - one of my favourite tenor-men and bop pioneer extraordinaire, born Feb. Dex helped forge the be-bop sound and style through the and being influenced by and.

A great John Coltrane poster! Blue Train was his last "conventional" jazz LP…

John Coltrane Blue Train Jazz Poster 24x34

A great John Coltrane poster! Blue Train - his last "conventional" jazz LP and a classic by the saxophone legend.

Frederick Dewayne "Freddie" Hubbard (1938-2008) by Francis Wolff, 1965.

Freddie Hubbard - hard bop trumpet player - April 1938 - Francis Wolff: Freddie Hubbard during Hank Mobley’s The Turnaround session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, February 1965

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Miles Davis in NYC, hide captionMiles Davis takes a break under the marquee of the jazz club Cafe Bohemia in New York City, Marvin Koner/CORBIS

Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter !!! "Berlin Philharmonie", Berlin, West Germany, September 25, 1964

Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter !!! "Berlin Philharmonie", Berlin, West Germany, September 25, 1964

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