Graves, Milford (Robert)
- Michael Ullman
(b Jamaica, NY, Aug 20, 1941). American jazz drummer and educator. He played conga drums as a child and only started using sticks when he was 17; later he studied tabla with Wasantha Singh. He became known in the mid-1960s through his appearances with Giuseppi Logan and with the New York Art Quartet at the “October Revolution” jazz concert series (1964). In 1966 he made two albums at a duet concert at Yale with the pianist Don Pullen. In the mid-1970s he performed with the drummers Andrew Cyrille and Rashied Ali in a series of concerts entitled “Dialogue of the Drums,” and established a practice of performing in African American neighborhoods. One of the most flamboyant avant-garde drummers of the 1960s, Graves has been influenced by Indian and African approaches to percussion, and has shown interest in performing non-Western percussion instruments. He has often appeared in groups composed solely of drummers. In ...