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Connie Kay


For two a few months timid of 40 years (including seven years where the group was on “vacation”), Connie Kay was the drummer/percussionist with the present day Jazz Quartet. His simple contributions (displaying both restraint and golf swing) were a great asset towards the group. Self-taught in the drums, Kay performed within the middle-’40s with Sir Charles Thompson, Mls Davis, and Kitty Anderson. He was in Lester Young’s quintet on / off during 1949-1955, an interval where Kay also caused Beryl Booker, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, and Charlie Parker, amongst others. In Feb 1955, he became a member of the MJQ, touring the world using the band until they known as it “quits” in 1974. Throughout that period, he also made an appearance as a visitor on small-group times by Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Heath, and Paul Desmond/Jim Hall. During 1975-1981, Kay caused Tommy Flanagan, Soprano Summit, Benny Goodman (including his 40th wedding anniversary Carnegie Hall concert), and was the home drummer at Eddie Condon’s golf club. He spent his last 13 years back again using the MJQ; Mickey Roker packed in when he was sick and Albert “Tootie” Heath overran the drum slot machine after Connie Kay’s loss of life.

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Full Name Connie Kay
Died November 30, 1994, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Drummer
Nationality American
Music Groups Modern Jazz Quartet
Music Songs Misty, Opus De Funk, Tenor Madness, Greensleeves, St. Thomas, Visitor From Venus, It Ain't Necessarily So, Over the Rainbow, Milano, How High the Moon, Nature Boy, Topsy, Autumn Leaves, All of You, The Jasmin Tree, Spanish Steps, La Ronde, Alexander's Fugue, Sonnymoon For Two, Adagio From Concierto De Aranjuez, Boppin the Maestro, Mambo Bounce, Bags' New Groove, Walkin' Stomp, Swing Love, But Not for Me, A daylong morning, September Song, New York, New York, Lady Be Good, Really True Blues, You Are Too Beautiful
Albums Tenor Madness, Fontessa, Blues on Bach, Three Windows, Pyramid, Django, The Modern Jazz Quartet at Music Inn, The Modern Jazz Quartet Plays No Sun in Venice, Jazz Dialogue, The Modern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra, Music from Odds Against Tomorrow, The Modern Jazz Quartet Plays George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, The Legendary Profile, The Complete Last Concert, Under the Jasmin Tree, The Modern Jazz Quartet and the Oscar Peterson Trio at the Opera House, MJQ & Friends: A 40th Anniversary Celebration, Third Stream Music, Soul Route

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