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Just A Blues Riff

Kenny Clarke Band

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Jan. 9, 1914 - Jan. 26, 1985


The Kenny Clarke Band performs his composition "Just A Blues Riff" in Switzerland in 1966.


Flavio Ambrosetti, alto sax
Franco Ambrosetti, trumpet
George Gruntz, piano
Isla Eckinger, bass
Kenny Clarke, drums

Kenney Clarke earned the nickname "Klook-mop", later shortened to "Klook", because his style included adding off-beat accents with the bass drum and snare, a new practice in his time.

As a teenager, he played with several jazz bands including those of Leroy Bradley and Roy Eldridge, then joined the Jeter-Pillars band which toured the Midwestern U.S.

In 1935 he moved to New York City where he played with Charlie Parker, Thelenoius Monk, and Curly Russell.

In the early 1940s he was the house drummer at the NYC jazz club Minton's Playhouse, and his late-night jams there helped in the development of be-bop.

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