Cindy Blackman

Born Nov 18, 1959

Cindy Blackman is an American jazz and rock drummer. Blackman is best known for recording and touring with Lenny Kravitz. Blackman has recorded several straight-ahead jazz albums under her own name, and has performed with acclaimed jazz and rock artists, including Pharoah Sanders, Ron Carter, Sam Rivers, Cassandra Wilson, Angela Bofill, Buckethead, Bill Laswell and Joe Henderson. Tony Williams is her main drumming influence.… Read More

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1959 Birth Born November 18, 1959 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Blackman comes from a musical family, both her mother and grandmother were classical musicians and her uncle a vibist. "My mom, when she was younger, played violin in classical orchestras, and her mom, incidentally, was a classical musician. … Read More


1982 22 Years Old While she was at Berklee a friend recommended her for a gig with The Drifters so Blackman left college after three semesters and moved to New York City in 1982. … Read More
1984 24 Years Old In 1984, Blackman was showcased on Ted Curson's "Jazz Stars of the Future" on WKCR-FM in New York.
1987 27 Years Old In 1987, Blackman's first compositions appeared on Wallace Roney's Verses album. … Read More
1988 28 Years Old In 1988 Blackman released Arcane, her debut as a bandleader. … Read More


1993 33 Years Old In 1993, Blackman had an opportunity to work with Lenny Kravitz, who is a drummer himself. … Read More
1994 34 Years Old In 1994 Blackman made her first recording with a working group and called the album Telepathy because of the tight communication in the band. "I wanted to do a quartet record because of the amount of space you get with fewer players", she said in Telepathy's liner notes. "It's intimate, but more dimensional than a piano trio. … Read More


2005 45 Years Old In 2005 Blackman released Music for the New Millennium on her Sacred Sounds Label. "It’s rooted in tradition, but it’s not traditional music. … Read More
2007 47 Years Old In September 2007, she made a tour of South America, teaching clinics in Argentina, Chile, and Brazil, and on November 30, 2007, Blackman and her quartet performed at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Art Museum.


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In 2010 she released a first tribute album to her mentor and dominant inspiration Tony Williams. … Read More
2011 51 Years Old She appeared at the 2011 Montreux festival, Switzerland, playing drums for husband Carlos's one off reunion with John McLaughlin, after which she helped mix the sound for the video. … Read More
2014 54 Years Old In 2014, Blackman returned to touring with Lenny Kravitz in support of his tenth studio album, Strut.
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