Connie Kay
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1927-04-27
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Connie Kay

Connie Kay Biography (Wikipedia)

Connie Kay (born Conrad Henry Kirnon; 27 April 1927 – 30 November 1994) was an American jazz drummer. He was best known for his long membership in the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ).

He was self-taught, and began his career playing with saxophonist Lester Young's quintet from 1949 to 1955, and also with Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and others.

Kay did R&B sessions for Atlantic Records in the early to mid-1950s, and featured on hit records such as Big Joe Turner's 'Shake, Rattle and Roll'.

Kay joined the MJQ in 1955, replacing original drummer Kenny Clarke, and stayed until the group's dissolution in 1974 and occasional reunions into the 1990s. He also played drums on several of Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison's most important albums: Astral Weeks, one song on Saint Dominic's Preview and four songs on Tupelo Honey.

Kay was known for incorporating percussion instruments alongside his drum kit, namely timpani, small cymbals, triangle, bell tree and darbukas, the latter referred to as "exotic-looking" drums in a 2006 article.

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Richard Rodgers
My Funny Valentine (extract)
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My Funny Valentine (extract)
Gunther Schuller
Concertino for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra (3rd mvt)
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Concertino for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra (3rd mvt)
Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, Connie Kay, John Lewis, The Modern Jazz Quartet & The Modern Jazz Quartet
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
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Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Chet Baker
How High The Moon
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How High The Moon
Alan Martin
Sketch
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Sketch

Sketch

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Alan Martin
Milt Jackson
Percy Heath
Gerald Tarak
Carl Eberl
John Lewis
Joe Tekula
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Modern Jazz Quartet & Beaux Arts Quartet
Ray Charles
Charlesville
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Charlesville
Milt Jackson
Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
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Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
Milt Jackson
The Golden Striker
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The Golden Striker
Richard Jones, Hank Jones, Lucky Thompson & Connie Kay
Prey-Loot
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Prey-Loot

Prey-Loot

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Richard Jones, Hank Jones, Lucky Thompson & Connie Kay
Milt Jackson
The Spirit Feel (feat. Lucky Thompson, Joe Newman, Horace Silver, Oscar Pettiford & Connie Kay)
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The Spirit Feel (feat. Lucky Thompson, Joe Newman, Horace Silver, Oscar Pettiford & Connie Kay)
Roy Eldridge
The Walker
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The Walker
Connie Kay
Bag's Groove
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Bag's Groove
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