Born in Ohio and raised in Connecticut, Cindy Blackman began her musical career as a New York street performer. She studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and also studied with legendary teacher Alan Dawson. Blackman moved to New York City in the 1980s and since that time, has been seen and heard by people all over the world, whether performing with her own group or during an 11-year stint with retro-funk rocker Lenny Kravitz, with whom she is currently on tour.
Blackman is regarded as one of the top drummers in the world. She is a solid, dependable player who can easily move from straight-ahead jazz to rock to funk and back again. She's performed with a veritable "Who's Who" of jazz: Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson, Don Pullen, Hugh Masekela, Pharaoh Sanders, Sam Rivers, Cassandra Wilson, Angela Bofill, Bill Laswell, and Buckethead.
In early 2000, Cindy released the latest of her several acclaimed solo albums entitled Works on Canvas. Her seventh solo release, Someday, came out in 2004.
In 1998, Blackman released her first instructional drumming video, Multiplicity, through Warner Brothers publications.