Cindy Blackman

American musician Cindy Blackman

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.
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Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman conjure Jimi Hendrix with national anthem before the NBA Finals
LATimes - over 1 year
Guitarist Carlos Santana tried to bring a little Woodstock to Oracle Arena in Oakland on Sunday night. Born in Mexico but based in the Bay Area since grade school, Santana was a natural choice to kick things off with “The Star Spangled Banner” at the NBA Finals, the sort of gig at which teams regularly...
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Chris Kompanek: On the Culture Front: North Sea Jazz Festival and Beyond
Huffington Post - over 5 years
I found myself in Rotterdam this summer covering the North Sea Jazz Festival, one of the largest of its kind that takes place each year in the seaside Dutch town just outside of the more famous "dam." For those like Benjamin Schwarz who proclaimed jazz was dead in a recent article, North Sea stands defiantly vibrant. Stretching over a long weekend in July, a wide range of bands representing jazz past, present and future fill 11 stages for an exceptionally immersive experience. I was surprised at first that this event is held almost entirely indoors (in an oversized convention hall-like space) but soon realized that it allowed for easier maneuvering between stages. Instead of having to walk across a mud soaked field, the next concert was just down a short hallway or up an escalator. It's a crazy maze, to be sure, but one that is a delight to snake through. As with most festivals, conflicts are inevitable and I ended up missing some great musicians -- like McCoy Tyner p...
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Bonnaroo 2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Skrillex, Bon Iver, More
MTV News - about 6 years
Phish, Radiohead, Blackstar, Civil Wars, Roots, Beach Boys also on the bill. By Gil Kaufman <P>The lineup for the 11th annual Bonnaroo Festival features a powerhouse lineup for headliners including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phish, along with some recent <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/grammys">Grammy</a> <a href="/news/articles/1678701/grammy-winners-list.jhtml">winners</a> such as <a href="/news/articles/1679107/grammys-2012-bon-iver-best-new-artist.jhtml">Bon Iver</a> and <a href="/news/articles/1679070/grammys-2012-skrillex-wins.jhtml">EDM star Skrillex</a>.</P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="How Does Skrillex Feel About Being The Poster Child For EDM?" id="vid:732060.id:1678854" width="240" height="211"></div><p></P><P>As alw...
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'Great Women of Jazz,' then and now, in focus - YourNabe.com
Google News - over 6 years
Other artists photographed include Jane Ira Bloom, the only jazz musician commissioned to compose music for NASA's art program, as well as premier drummist Cindy Blackman, who recently married legendary jazz guitarist Carlos Santana
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Mike Stern met superband naar Rotterdam - Muziek.nl
Google News - over 6 years
Collega-gitaristen Steve Vai en Eric Johnson, de zingende bassisten Esperanza Spalding en Richard Bona, de drummers Dave Weckl, Terri Lyne Carrington en Cindy Blackman demonstreerden met hun aanwezigheid de status die Stern heeft opgebouwd
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Tanze Samba mit mir, Carlos Santana! - nachrichten.at
Google News - over 6 years
Unterstützt von einer neunköpfigen Begleitband (inklusive Carlos' Ehefrau Cindy Blackman, die bereits für Lenny Kravitz hinterm Schlagzeug saß), spielte sich der in Mexiko geborene Saitenvirtuose 135 Minuten lang durch sämtliche Schaffensepochen seiner
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Herr Santana und ein bisserl Vorprogramm - Krone.at
Google News - over 6 years
Den Hauptact gab Carlos Santana, der - um es gleich vorweg zu sagen -, bis auf seine trommelnde Ehefrau Cindy Blackman, die sich im ersten Drittel des Sets für ein Solo auf Dennis Chambers' Trommelburg schwang, keine Überraschungen im Gepäck hatte
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Carlos Santana and Jimmy Cliff to perform in Belgrade Arena tonight - EMportal
Google News - over 6 years
During the concert, which is expected to last over two hours, Santana will perform a couple of songs together with his wife Cindy Blackman, a jazz and rock drummer. The concert's setlist will include “Spark of the Divine”, “Black in Black”,
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Carlos Santana et sa Cindy, Jimmy Cliff : Monstres sacrés en démonstration - Pure People
Google News - over 6 years
Le jeune marié (il a épousé sa compagne Cindy Blackman en décembre dernier), quelques mois après avoir offert au public de nombreuses collaborations de haut vol (Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland, Nas, Joe Cocker...) avec l'album de reprises Guitar Heaven,
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Trucks burns, Tedeschi belts and Santana preaches - GenevaLunch
Google News - over 6 years
The musical talent on stage with Santana was potent, and the sets were filled with treats like a 10 minute drum solo by Santana's wife Cindy Blackman Santana together with band member Benny Rietveld who had the crowd dancing to his acrobatic bass lines
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Santana y McLaughlin abren Festival de Jazz de Montreaux - La Primera Plana
Google News - over 6 years
Para homenajear a Tony Williams, Cindy Blackman, segunda esposa de Santana, tomó las baquetas y tocó “Vuelta abajo”. Cabe recordar que Williams, en su tiempo, fue baterista de Miles Davis. “Cindy ha hecho suya la tradición de Tony Williams y la ha
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Santana : « Droit au cœur ! » - Midi Libre
Google News - over 6 years
Cindy Blackman est-elle avec vous sur scène ? Merci ! Oui, elle joue sur deux titres. Mais c'est Dennis Chambers qui reste mon batteur titulaire. Sur votre dernier album, “Guitar Heaven”, vous interprétez des classiques du rock
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New York's DareDevil Squadron to rock Sherlock's - GoErie.com
Google News - over 6 years
He studied at Berklee School of Music and also plays guitar with Living Colour's Vernon Reid in the Cindy Blackman Group. Drummer Jason Gianni gives DareDevil Squadron a progressive influence that prevents the band from sounding too British-metal retro
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Drummer Bobby Sanabria, Latin jazz musicians protest cutting Grammy categories ... - New York Daily News
Google News - over 6 years
Carlos Santana and his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, issued a public statement calling the changes "irresponsible." On April 6, the president and CEO of NARAS, Neil Portnow, announced that New Orleans-based styles such as zydeco and Cajun,
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Grammy Awards reduction draws musicians' protest - San Francisco Chronicle
Google News - over 6 years
Santana and his musician wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, wrote their own letter to the academy, saying: "To remove Latin Jazz and many other ethnic categories is doing a huge disservice to the brilliant musicians who keep the music vibrant for their fans
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Des musiciens exigent le retour des catégories supprimées des Grammy Awards - The Canadian Press
Google News - almost 7 years
Paul Simon ainsi que Carlos Santana et sa femme, la musicienne Cindy Blackman Santana, ont notamment écrit des lettres pour dénoncer la situation et exiger le retour des catégories éliminées au nom de la diversité musicale
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cindy Blackman
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 54
    In 2014, Blackman returned to touring with Lenny Kravitz in support of his tenth studio album, Strut.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    On July 9, 2010, Carlos Santana proposed to Blackman on stage during a concert at Tinley Park, Illinois. Blackman is Santana's touring drummer; he proposed right after her drum solo. They were married on Maui, Hawaii on December 19, 2010.
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    In 2010 she released a first tribute album to her mentor and dominant inspiration Tony Williams.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 47
    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.
  • 2005
    Age 45
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 33
    In 1993, Blackman had an opportunity to work with Lenny Kravitz, who is a drummer himself.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 28
    In 1988 Blackman released Arcane, her debut as a bandleader.
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  • 1987
    Age 27
    In 1987, Blackman's first compositions appeared on Wallace Roney's Verses album.
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  • 1984
    Age 24
    In 1984, Blackman was showcased on Ted Curson's "Jazz Stars of the Future" on WKCR-FM in New York.
  • 1982
    Age 22
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    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.
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