- Gary W. Kennedy
(b Ankara, Feb 11, 1939). Turkish drummer, percussionist, and leader. Through his mother, who played ’ūd and jumbush and performed Turkish classical music, he was introduced to traditional folk musics from Turkey, Macedonia, and the Middle East. He took up trumpet, trombone, and double bass before studying percussion at the conservatory in Ankara in the mid-1950s, and in 1955 he was inspired to play jazz after hearing Charli Persip perform with Dizzy Gillespie’s band. Around this time he began working professionally as a drummer in dance bands, with which he toured Germany, Denmark, and Sweden, and met and played with, among others, Maffy Falay, Don Cherry, Johnny Dyani, and Dollar Brand. In Sweden he worked alongside Dyani in Cherry’s trio (from 1969, recording in 1969, 1971) and was a member of Falay’s group Sevda (through summer 1972); he then joined Dyani and Mongezi Feza in Music for Xaba and toured with the group Rena Rama. From around ...