Born on this day in 1914, drummer Kenny Clarke

Born on this day in 1914, Kenny Clarke, who was the house drummer at Minton’s Playhouse in the early 1940s. He participated in the after-hours jams that led to the birth of Be-Bop, which in turn led to modern jazz. While in New York, he played with the major innovators of the emerging bop style, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell and others, as well as musicians of the prior generation, including Sidney Bechet.