Basic Background Info

Birth: April 27, 1927 - November 30, 1994
Location: Tuckahoe, New York
Band: The Modern Jazz Quartet
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Self-taught American jazz drummer Connie Kay played with the Modern Jazz Quartet for nearly forty years. Growing up in New York during the depression, Connie Kay was exposed to jazz in its golden era. During the early 1940s, Connie played with Sir Charles Thompson, Miles Davis and Cat Anderson. He later performed with Lester Young's quintet, Beryl Booker, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, and Charlie Parker.

When the Modern Jazz Quartet was looking for a drummer to replace Kenny Clarke, they appealed to Connie. Connie Kay joined the group in February 1955 and started touring around the world with the famed quartet. The classical chamber jazz of the MJQ was becoming a remnant of a time passed, but the quartet held its own among big band and swing groups while Connie's impeccable use of cymbals complemented their sound.

Connie Kay played with the Modern Jazz Quartet until they disbanded in 1974. When they reconvened in 1981, it was only to play part-time. Nonetheless, Connie consistently performed with other artists including Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Heath, Paul Desmond and Jimmy Hall. During MJQ's hiatus, he served as the house drummer at Eddie Condon's club and worked with Tommy Flanagan, Soprano Summit, and Benny Goodman. Connie is featured on recordings with Ray Charles, George Gershwin, Van Morrison, and Ella Fitzgerald among many others.

When he passed away in 1994, jazz lost one of its genuinely great drummers.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1946 Lester Swings Lester Young
1948 Jazz Concert West Coast, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1948 Jazz Concert West Coast, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1949 Forty Years of Women In Jazz Various Artists
1950 Atlantic Honkers: Rhythm & Blues Sax Anthology Various Artists
1950 Birdland Sessions Miles Davis
1950 Isn't It Romantic: Rodgers and Hart Songbook Various Artists
1950 Modern Moods Various Artists
1951 Big Joe Turner's Greatest Hits Big Joe Turner
1951 Rhythm & Blues Years Big Joe Turner
1952 All Star Bags Milt Jackson
1952 Artistry of Stan Getz, Vol. 2 Stan Getz
1952 Artistry of the Modern Jazz Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet
1952 Best of The Verve Years, Vol. 1 Stan Getz
1952 Body and Soul Stan Getz
1952 Essential Jazz Singers Various Artists
1952 Life in Jazz: A Musical Biography Stan Getz
1952 MJQ: 40 Years The Modern Jazz Quartet
1952 Modern Jazz Quartet Plays for Lovers The Modern Jazz Quartet
1953 Compact Jazz: Getz and Friends Stan Getz
1953 Tune Up Miles Davis and Stan Getz
1954 Complete Capitol & Atlantic Recordings of Jimmy Giuff Jimmy Giuffre
1954 Complete Milt Jackson Milt Jackson
1954 Don't Be Angry! Nappy Brown
1955 Round About Midnight Miles Davis
1955 Classic Concepts The Modern Jazz Quartet
1955 Concert of Contemporary Music The Modern Jazz Society
1955 Concorde The Modern Jazz Quartet
1955 Jazz 'Round Midnight Chet Baker
1955 Milt Jackson Quartet Milt Jackson
1955 Soul Pioneers Milt Jackson
1956 Afternoon in Paris John Lewis
1956 Chris Connor Chris Connor
1956 Complete Riverside Recordings Bill Evans
1956 Ella Fitzgerald Live Ella Fitzgerald
1956 Fontessa The Modern Jazz Quartet
1956 For the Love of Ella Ella Fitzgerald
1956 Great Jazz Artists Play Compositions Of Tadd Dameron Various Artists
1956 Jazz Showcase Bill Evans
1956 Live 1956 The Modern Jazz Quartet
1957 At the Opera House Stan Getz with J.J. Johnson
1957 Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge at the Opera House Coleman Hawkins
1957 Compact Jazz: Modern Jazz Quartet Plus The Modern Jazz Quartet
1957 Ella at the Opera House Ella Fitzgerald
1957 Happy Cats Joe Newman
1957 Jazz for Lovers Various Artists
1957 Jazz Piano International Dick Katz
1957 Johnny Mathis Johnny Mathis
1957 Modern Jazz Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet
1957 No Sun in Venice The Modern Jazz Quartet
1957 One Never Knows The Modern Jazz Quartet
1957 Piano a La Mode Randy Weston
1957 Plenty, Plenty Soul Milt Jackson
1957 Third Stream Music The Modern Jazz Quartet
1958 Art of the Ballad Chet Baker
1958 Bags' Opus Milt Jackson
1958 Bean Bags Milt Jackson/Coleman Hawkins
1958 Chet (The Lyrical Trumpet of Chet Baker) Chet Baker
1958 Cross Section: Saxes Hal McKusick
1958 Longing for the Continent The Modern Jazz Quartet
1958 Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn, Vol. 2 The Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny Rolli
1958 New Blue Horns Various Artists
1958 Soul Brothers Ray Charles
1959 Bags and Trane Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
1959 Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson Milt Jackson
1959 Chet Chet Baker
1959 Coltrane Legacy John Coltrane
1959 Complete Recordings of the Paul Desmond Quartet with Paul Desmond Quartet with Jim Hall
1959 East of the Sun Paul Desmond Quartet
1959 First Place Again Paul Desmond
1959 Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recording John Coltrane
1959 Improvised Meditations & Excursions John Lewis
1959 Ivory Hunters (Double Barrelled Piano) Bob Brookmeyer & Bill Evans
1959 New Blue Horns Chet Baker
1959 Nice People Jimmy Heath
1959 Odds Against Tomorrow Original Soundtrack
1959 Paul Desmond and Friends Paul Desmond
1959 Pyramid The Modern Jazz Quartet
1960 Comedy The Modern Jazz Quartet
1960 Dedicated to Connie The Modern Jazz Quartet
1960 European Concert The Modern Jazz Quartet
1960 Golden Striker John Lewis
1960 Moanin' Blues Bobby Timmons
1960 Modern Jazz Quartet and Orchestra The Modern Jazz Quartet
1960 Wonderful World of Jazz John Lewis
1961 Complete RCA Victor Recordings Paul Desmond
1961 Desmond Blue Paul Desmond
1961 Greatest Hits Paul Desmond
1961 Know What I Mean? Cannonball Adderley/Bill Evans
1961 Soul Meeting Ray Charles
1961 Statements Milt Jackson
1962 Big Bags Milt Jackson
1962 Definitive Jazz Scene, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1962 Invitation Milt Jackson Sextet
1962 Lonely Woman The Modern Jazz Quartet
1962 Two of a Mind Paul Desmond/Gerry Mulligan
1963 America's Greatest Jazzmen Play George Gershwin Various Artists
1963 Born to Be Blue Bobby Timmons
1963 For Someone I Love Milt Jackson & Big Brass
1963 Glad to Be Unhappy Paul Desmond
1963 In a Crowd The Modern Jazz Quartet
1963 Orchestra U.S.A.: The Debut Recording John Lewis/Orchestra U.S.A.
1963 Quartet Is a Quartet Is a Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet
1963 Sheriff The Modern Jazz Quartet
1963 Stitt Plays Bird Sonny Stitt
1963 Swamp Seed Jimmy Heath
1963 Take Ten Paul Desmond
1964 Bossa Antigua Paul Desmond
1964 Collaboration with Almeida Modern Jazz Quartet with Laurindo Almeid
1964 In a New Setting Milt Jackson
1964 Jazz 'N' Samba Milt Jackson
1964 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Milt Jackson Milt Jackson
1964 Lucky Strikes Lucky Thompson
1964 Mack the Knife Sextet of Orchestra U.S.A.
1964 Plays George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" The Modern Jazz Quartet
1964 Theatre Music of Kurt Weill Sextet of Orchestra U.S.A.
1965 Baker's Holiday: Plays & Sings Billie Holiday Chet Baker
1965 Great Moments in Jazz Various Artists
1965 Jazz Dialogue The Modern Jazz Quartet
1965 Place Vendome The Swingle Singers with the Modern Jazz
1966 Blues at Carnegie Hall The Modern Jazz Quartet
1966 Easy Living Paul Desmond
1966 Place Vendôme The Modern Jazz Quartet
1967 Live at the Lighthouse The Modern Jazz Quartet
1967 Under the Jasmin Tree The Modern Jazz Quartet
1968 Astral Weeks Van Morrison
1969 Blues and Other Colors James Moody
1969 Space The Modern Jazz Quartet
1970 Best of Ray Charles [Atlantic] Ray Charles
1970 Night Cap Michel Sardaby
1971 Big Apple Bash Jay McShann
1971 Brother Meeting André Condouant
1971 Paul Desmond & Modern Jazz Quartet Paul Desmond & the Modern Jazz Quartet
1971 Plastic Dreams The Modern Jazz Quartet
1971 Tupelo Honey Van Morrison
1972 Best of Paul Desmond Paul Desmond
1972 Saint Dominic's Preview Van Morrison
1973 Blues on Bach The Modern Jazz Quartet
1973 In Memoriam The Modern Jazz Quartet
1974 Complete Last Concert The Modern Jazz Quartet
1974 Last Concert The Modern Jazz Quartet
1975 Pure Desmond Paul Desmond
1976 First Time Out Warren Vache
1976 Sensitive Scenery John Lewis
1977 John's Other Bunch John Bunch
1977 Red in New York Red Norvo
1977 Remember My Name Alberta Hunter
1977 Slick Funk John Bunch
1978 Bluesette Derek Smith
1978 Live at Carnegie Hall 1978: 40th Anniversary Concert Benny Goodman
1978 Original Wilber Bob Wilber
1978 Plays the Music of Harold Arlen Tommy Flanagan
1979 In the Mood for Swing Bob Wilber
1981 Best of the Modern Jazz Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet
1982 Together Again! The Modern Jazz Quartet
1983 Jazz Trumpet, Vol. 1: Classic Jazz to Swing Various Artists
1984 Echoes The Modern Jazz Quartet
1985 Topsy: This One's for Basie The Modern Jazz Quartet
1986 John Colianni John Colianni
1987 Bluebird Sampler Various Artists
1987 Compact Jazz Sampler Various Artists
1987 Erteguns' New York Cabaret Various Artists
1987 Late Lament Paul Desmond
1987 Three Windows The Modern Jazz Quartet
1988 For Ellington The Modern Jazz Quartet
1988 Moondance/Astral Weeks/His Band & The Street Choir Van Morrison
1988 One Night with You John Pizzarelli
1988 Original Jazz Classics: The Prestige Sampler Various Artists
1989 Jazz Club: Piano Various Artists
1989 Soul Brothers/Soul Meeting Ray Charles w/ Milt Jackson
1990 Atlantic Jazz: 12 Vol. Box Set Various Artists
1990 Atlantic Jazz: Bebop Various Artists
1990 Atlantic Jazz: Mainstream Various Artists
1990 Atlantic Jazz: Piano Various Artists
1990 Atlantic Jazz: Post Bebop Various Artists
1990 Atlantic Jazz: Singers Various Artists
1990 Bluebird Sampler 1990 Various Artists
1990 Don't Be Angry! Nappy Brown
1990 Good Rocking Tonight Wynonie Harris
1990 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Saxophone Various Artists
1990 Miss Rhythm (Greatest Hits and More) Ruth Brown
1990 My Blue Heaven John Pizzarelli
1990 Radio City Scott Hamilton
1991 Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 Various Artists
1991 Birth of Soul Ray Charles
1991 I'm Old Fashioned Harold Ashby
1991 Offbeat of Avenues The Manhattan Transfer
1991 Polka Dots and Moonbeams Paul Desmond
1991 Ride, Daddy, Ride and Other Songs of Love Various Artists
1991 Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1991 Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker LaVern Baker
1992 1992 Stash Sampler Various Artists
1992 Blue Gershwin George Gershwin
1992 Blues Masters, Vol. 5: Jump Blues Classics Various Artists
1992 Celebration The Modern Jazz Quartet
1992 Compact Jazz: Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
1992 Compact Jazz: Chet Baker Chet Baker
1992 Compact Jazz: Sonny Rollins and Friends Sonny Rollins
1992 Compact Jazz: Stan Getz With Strings Stan Getz
1992 Essential Stan Getz: The Getz Songbook Stan Getz
1992 Jazz 'Round Midnight: The Big Band Various Artists
1992 Rockin' with Big John Big John Greer
1993 Atlantic Jazz: Best of the '50's Various Artists
1993 Atlantic Jazz: Legends Various Artists
1993 Bloodshot Eyes: The Best of Wynonie Harris Wynonie Harris
1993 Blues + Jazz Ray Charles
1993 Fallen Angels Patti Page
1994 Atlantic Jazz Keyboards Various Artists
1994 Atlantic Jazz Saxophones, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1994 Atlantic Jazz: Best of the '60s, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1994 Atlantic Jazz: Best of the '60s, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1994 Atlantic Jazz: Best of the '70s Various Artists
1994 Atlantic Jazz: Saxophones Various Artists
1994 Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years Ray Charles
1994 Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology Big Joe Turner
1994 Blues Masters Sampler Various Artists
1994 Bossa Antigua Paul Desmond
1994 Essential: Great Songs Ella Fitzgerald
1994 Feel the Vibes Various Artists
1994 Smithsonian Collection of Jazz Piano, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 32 Chet Baker
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 33 Benny Goodman
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 34 Coleman Hawkins
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 8 Stan Getz
1995 Atlantic Jazz Vocals: Voices of Cool, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1995 Blues Masters, Vols. 1-5 Various Artists
1995 Collection, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1995 Jingle Bell Jam: Jazz Christmas Classics Various Artists
1996 Complete Rodgers & Hart Songbook Various Artists
1996 Easy Living Paul Desmond
1996 Hommage a Duke Duke Ellington
1996 Johnny Mathis 40th Anniversary Edition Johnny Mathis
1997 Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Ray Charles
1997 Jazz at Midnight Various Artists
1997 Jazz Giants Play George Gershwin: 'S Wonderful Various Artists
1997 Jazz Giants Play Hoagy Carmichael: Stardust Various Artists
1997 Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years Various Artists
1997 RCA Victor 80th Anniversary, Vol. 5 Various Artists
1997 Riverside Records Story Various Artists
1997 This is Jazz, Vol. 29: Bossa Nova Various Artists
1998 Atlantic Jazz: Classics Various Artists
1998 Good Rockin' Tonight Wynonie Harris
1998 Greatest Hits Cannonball Adderley
1998 Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter: Night and Day Various Artists
1998 Jazz Giants Play Rodgers & Hart: Blue Moon Various Artists
1998 Jazz Sax Classics Various Artists
1998 Last Days of Jazz Various Artists
1998 Pure Ella: The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
1998 Saxophone Anthology Various Artists
1998 Ultimate Stan Getz Stan Getz
1998 Very Best of Latin Jazz Various Artists
1998 Visions of Jazz: A Musical Journey Various Artists
1998 Work Song: 1960-1969 Cannonball Adderley
1999 Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson/Vibrations Milt Jackson
1999 Chris Connor/He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not Chris Connor
1999 Classic Jazz Duos Various Artists
1999 Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve Lester Young
1999 Fontessa: Ljublijana, May 1960 The Modern Jazz Quartet
1999 Golden Striker/John Lewis Presents Jazz Abstractions John Lewis
1999 Honky Soul, Race Music, Hard Bop & Anachronic Jazz Gilbert Shelton
1999 Immortal Concerts The Modern Jazz Quartet
1999 Impulsively Ellington!: A Tribute to Duke Ellington Various Artists
1999 Incontournables Coleman Hawkins
1999 Jazz Giants Play Sammy Cahn: It's Magic Various Artists
1999 Jazz Stars Play Gershwin Various Artists
1999 Jazz That Swings, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1999 Jump, Jive & Swing Various Artists
1999 Paul Desmond Quartet with Jim Hall Paul Desmond Quartet with Jim Hall
1999 Rhapsody in Blue Various Artists
1999 Something to Live For Ella Fitzgerald
1999 Summer Jazz Various Artists
1999 Swing It, Daddy-O! Various Artists
1999 Ultimate Hits Collection Ray Charles
2000 Ballad Essentials Scott Hamilton
2000 Complete Birdland Recordings Miles Davis
2000 Desmond Blue/Take Ten Paul Desmond
2000 Falling in Love with Paul Desmond Paul Desmond
2000 Genius of Soul Ray Charles
2000 Glad to Be Unhappy/Two of a Mind Paul Desmond
2000 Improvised Meditations & Excursions/Eastern Exposure John Lewis/Fred Kaz
2000 Incontournables Modern Jazz Quarter
2000 Jazz for Swingin Lovers Various Artists
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Ella Fitzgerald
2000 Lemme Tell Ya 'Bout Desmond: The Music of Paul Desmon Paul Desmond
2000 Love Story/Piano & Pen Dave Pell Octet & Dick Katz
2000 Night Out With Verve Various Artists
2000 Night Time Is the Right Time Nappy Brown
2000 Original Sin/Essence John Lewis
2000 Stan Getz's Finest Hour Stan Getz
2000 To Bags with Love: A Tribute to Milt Jackson Milt Jackson
2000 Very Best of Ray Charles, Vol. 2 Ray Charles
2001 All She Wants to Do Is Rock Wynonie Harris
2001 Art of Milt Jackson/Soul Brothers Milt Jackson
2001 Bop Dexter Gordon
2001 Chase Dexter Gordon
2001 Easy Living Paul Desmond
2001 Fabulous Fifties Miles Davis
2001 Lovingly Sylvia Syms
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: Good Vibration Various Artists
2001 Milestones Miles Davis
2001 Out of the Blue Miles Davis
2001 Rockin' the Blues Wynonie Harris
2001 Settin' the Pace Dexter Gordon
2001 Time Remembered: LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology Various Artists
2002 Celebrating 20 Years of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal: 1980 - 2000 Various Artists
2002 Cool Imagination Paul Desmond
2002 Deep in a Dream: The Ultimate Chet Baker Collection Chet Baker
2002 Definitive Chet Baker Chet Baker
2002 Mercury Songbook Various Artists
2002 Modern Jazz Quartet: 1957 The Modern Jazz Quartet
2002 Out of the Blue: 1951-1953 Miles Davis
2002 Prestige Original Jazz Classics Sampler Various Artists
2002 Proper Introduction to the Modern Jazz Quartet: La Ronde The Modern Jazz Quartet
2002 Ray's Blues Ray Charles
2002 RCA Victor Gold Series: Is Jazz! Various Artists
2002 Riverside Sampler Various Artists
2002 Sonny Rollins' Finest Hour Sonny Rollins
2002 Very Best of John Lewis John Lewis
2002 Very Best of Stan Getz Stan Getz
2003 All the Classic Hits 1938-1952 Big Joe Turner
2003 Big Horn: The History of the Honkin' & Screamin' Saxophone Various Artists
2003 Chet for Lovers Chet Baker
2003 Complete Modern Jazz Quartet Prestige & Pablo Recordings The Modern Jazz Quartet
2003 Concorde Milt Jackson Quartet
2003 Do It the Hard Way Chet Baker
2003 Jazz Casual Cannonball Adderley/Modern Jazz Quartet
2003 Jazz of the Beat Generation Various Artists
2003 Lotta Sax Appeal: A Saxophone Retrospective Various Artists
2003 Mosaic Select: Randy Weston Randy Weston
2003 Pure Desmond Paul Desmond
2003 Sound Stan Getz
2003 Trip to Brazil, Vol. 3: Back to Bossa Various Artists
2003 Two of a Mind Paul Desmond
2004 1951-1953 Ruth Brown
2004 Baker's Holiday Chet Baker
2004 Best of Bill Evans Bill Evans
2004 Best of Bobby Timmons Bobby Timmons
2004 Best of Chet Baker Chet Baker
2004 Best of Milt Jackson Milt Jackson
2004 Guitar & Bass Ron Carter
2004 Happy Birthday Newport: 50 Swinging Years Various Artists
2004 Mess Around Ray Charles
2004 Orchestra U.S.A.: The Debut Recording John Lewis/Orchestra U.S.A.
2004 Other Side of Stan Getz Stan Getz
2004 Proper Introduction to Ruth Brown: Teardrops From My Eyes Ruth Brown
2004 Trip to Brazil, Vol. 3 Various Artists
2004 Young Rebel Charlie Mingus
2005 1949-1954 LaVern Baker
2005 1953-1954 Ray Charles
2005 1953-1954 Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
2005 Atlantic Story 1952-1954 Ray Charles
2005 Best of Wynonie Harris Wynonie Harris
2005 Complete 1951 Birdland Recordings Miles Davis
2005 CTI CD Club: The Best of CTI, 2-CD Set Various Artists
2005 First Place Again Paul Desmond Quartet/Jim Hall
2005 For Lovers: Chet Baker/John Coltrane/Stan Getz Various Artists
2005 Genius Anthology Ray Charles
2005 Hoagy Carmichael Songbook: Stardust Various Artists
2005 Jazz After Dark, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2005 NEA Jazz Masters Sonny Rollins
2005 Original Soul Sisters: Sing in My Soul Various Artists
2005 Plastic Dreams Modern Jazz Quartet
2005 Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings Ray Charles
2005 Shout, Rattle and Roll Big Joe Turner
2005 Soul of a Genius Ray Charles
2005 Two of a Mind Paul Desmond
2006 Afternoon in Paris John Lewis/Sacha Distel
2006 Chet Baker Plays for Lovers Chet Baker
2006 Collectables Classics Chris Connor
2006 Comedy/Lonely Woman The Modern Jazz Quartet
2006 Complete Jazz Guitar Jim Hall
2006 Early Miles, Vol. 2 Miles Davis
2006 Essentials Ray Charles
2006 European Tour '56 Miles Davis/The Modern Jazz Quartet/Lest
2006 Golden Years of Jazz 1948-1955 Various Artists
2006 Introducing John Coltrane John Coltrane
2006 Introducing: The Modern Jazz Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet
2006 Jazz Lounge, Vol. 10 Various Artists
2006 Know What I Mean? Cannonball Adderley
2006 Live from Studio A Various Artists
2006 Modern Jazz Quartet & Jimmy Giuffre: Complete Recordings Modern Jazz Quartet/Jimmy Giuffre
2006 Riverside Profiles Cannonball Adderley
2006 Riverside Profiles Chet Baker
2006 Very Best of the Modern Jazz Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet
2007 Bags of Soul Milt Jackson
2007 Berlin Jazz Piano Workshop 1965 Various Artists
2007 Chet Chet Baker
2007 Da Capo Milt Jackson
2007 European Concert The Modern Jazz Quartet
2007 Greatest Blues Shouters 1944-1955 Various Artists
2007 I Got a Woman: Selected Singles '52-'55 Ray Charles
2007 I'm the Fat Man Big John Greer
2007 Invitation The Milt Jackson Sextet
2007 Live at Carnegie Hall: 40th Anniversary Concert Benny Goodman
2007 Sacha's Guitar Sacha Distel
2007 Three Windows/For Ellington The Modern Jazz Quartet
2007 Way I Feel Ray Charles
2007 Wonderful World of Jazz/Evolution John Lewis
2008 1955-1957 LaVern Baker
2008 Genius Anthology Ray Charles
2008 Last Concert The Modern Jazz Quartet
2008 New York Blues And R&B Various Artists
2008 Tupelo Honey Van Morrison


  • The Modern Jazz Quartet took a seven year "vacation" from 1974 to 1981.
  • A critic described Connie's use of cymbals as "dry and metallic with just a hint of sizzle. Like the drop of a vermouth in a dry martini. He must have used very special drumsticks, too, because they added a slightly hollow 'woody' timbre."

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