Cindy Blackman Cindy Blackman

Born in Ohio and raised in Connecticut, Cindy began her musical career as a New York street performer. She spent three semesters at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and also studied with legendary teacher Alan Dawson.

Cindy moved to New York City in the 80's and since that time, she has been seen and heard by millions of people all over the world performing with her own group and during her 11 year stint with retro funk rocker Lenny Kravitz, since 1993.

In 1998, Cindy released her first drumming instructional video entitled, “Multiplicity” through Warner Brothers publications. Cindy has been touted as “one of the hottest drummers in the business, by the Star-Gazette and is regarded as one of the top drummers in the world. She is a solid, dependable drummer who can easily move from straight-ahead jazz to rock to funk and back again.

She's upheld the backbeat and created texture for a veritable “Who's Who” in jazz: Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson, Don Pullen, Hugh Masekela, Pharaoh Sanders, Sam Rivers, Cassandra Wilson, Angela Bofill, Bill Laswell, Buckethead. In early 2000, Cindy released the latest of her several acclaimed solo albums entitled “Works on Canvas.” She released her seventh solo release “Someday” in 2004.

“Some drummers act, some react. Some keep time, others create it. Cindy Blackman is among the few who can....” says Mike Zwerin of the International Herald Tribune. One listen to her latest release, Works On Canvas (featuring J.D. Allen-Tenor Saxophone, Carlton Holmes-Piano/Fender Rhodes, George Mitchell-Bass) and you'll agree.

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August 10, 2011

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March 17, 2011

NYU Jazz Interview Series: Cindy Blackman

December 19, 2010

New Cindy Blackman Interview with Charles Blass (audio) On the Wedding...

November 04, 2010

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July 15, 2010

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March 07, 2010

Lenny Kravitz Drummer Cindy Blackman Honors Jazz Legend Tony Williams

February 13, 2010

Drummer Cindy Blackman Pays Homage to Tony Williams at Highline...

January 29, 2010

World-Renowned Drummer Cindy Blackman to Release "Another Lifetime" on...

January 13, 2010

Cindy Blackman Explorations - Live at the Zinc Bar 1/26-27/2010

November 10, 2009

Cindy Blackman Interview

January 20, 2009

Cindy Blackman's Explorations at the Jazz Standard

September 11, 2008

"Under Your Skin" Interviews: Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman, Cindy...

August 15, 2008

Cindy Blackman Quartet - Fall Tour Dates 2008

January 09, 2008

The Cindy Blackman Quartet Live at the Jazz Standard/NYC on January...

December 07, 2007

Shapes of Jazz Featuring Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Cameron Brown, Cindy...

December 03, 2007

Les Paul (Mon) Mingus Legacy (Tues) Shapes of Jazz Feat. Joe Lovano,...


Albums by Cindy Blackman

Album Another Lifetime by Cindy Blackman

Another Lifetime

Four Quarters Entertainment

Album Music For The New Millennium by Cindy Blackman

Music For The New...

Sacred Sound Records


Music For The New...

Sacred Sound Records

Album Someday by Cindy Blackman


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A Lil

32 Records


A Lil' Somethin',...

Sacred Sound Records



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