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Biofile with Matt Shipp

Biofile with Matt Shipp
By Published: December 1, 2010
DOB: December 7, 1960

In: Wilmington, Delaware

First Musical Memory: "My uncle (James) playing a Beethoven piece on piano."

Music Inspirations: "Metaphysics and understanding the vibration language behind cosmos."

Hobbies/Interests: "Metaphysics, boxing, pro wrestling."

Last Book Read: "Lampshade by Mark Jacobson."

Favorite TV Show: "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."

Musical Tastes: "John Butcher
John Butcher
John Butcher

saxophone
, Jazz Corner, Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen
b.1924
sax, alto
, Sun Ra
Sun Ra
Sun Ra
1914 - 1993
keyboard
, John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Antipop Consortium, Marian McPartland
Marian McPartland
Marian McPartland
1918 - 2013
piano
, Randy Weston
Randy Weston
Randy Weston
b.1926
piano
, Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
1930 - 1956
trumpet
, Yusef Lateef
Yusef Lateef
Yusef Lateef
1920 - 2013
reeds
, Whit Dickey
Whit Dickey
Whit Dickey

drums
, David S. Ware
David S. Ware
David S. Ware
1949 - 2012
sax, tenor
, Joe McPhee
Joe McPhee
Joe McPhee
b.1939
reeds
, Paul Bley
Paul Bley
Paul Bley
b.1932
piano
, Evan Parker
Evan Parker
Evan Parker
b.1944
sax, tenor
, Scanner with The Post Modern Jazz Quartet, Alice Coltrane
Alice Coltrane
Alice Coltrane
1937 - 2007
piano
, Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
, New Music Seminar, Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
1936 - 1977
reeds
, Phineas Newborn
Phineas Newborn
Phineas Newborn
1931 - 1989
piano
."

Favorite Movies: "Icons Among Us: Jazz In The Present Tense, Brownie Speaks."

First Job: "At my uncle's locksmith shop."

Current Car: "No car."

Pre-performance Feeling: "Meditative and trance like."

Favorite Meal: "Chicken and salad."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla."

Childhood Dreams: "To be a master of whatever I did, in the way that Bruce Lee was."

Greatest Career Moment: "Any time I sit down at piano and there is an effortless flow."

Most Painful Career Moment: "Jazz is a string of painful career moments."

Funny Career Memory: "There are some real freaks that hang around the music who have provided comic relief on many occasions."

Embarrassing Career Memory: "In Albuquerque, New Mexico. Walking back on stage once when I the thought audience would keep clapping for an encore—and as I walked on not only were they not still clapping but a lot where leaving."

Favorite Live Performers: "Charles Gayle
Charles Gayle
Charles Gayle
b.1939
saxophone
. He brings everything he is to every performance but yet seems to start from scratch and rediscover his music anew, even though there is obviously intense knowledge."

Last Vacation: "I have never had a vacation—I do not consider visiting in-laws a vacation, for you are on your p's an q's [smiles]."

Favorite Quotation: "'Nothing is true, everything is permitted''—Hassin I Sabbin."

Most Memorable Performance: "Wow, there have been a lot, don't know if I can pick one out."

Strangest Performance: "Once with the David S. Ware
David S. Ware
David S. Ware
1949 - 2012
sax, tenor
quartet, we played at a disco in Italy -there where a lot of high school couples making out on couches and when we would finish a piece they would stop and applaud and then go back to their fooling around."

Dream Projects: "Getting out of bed tomorrow morning."

People/Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Someone like Osho who shatters every preconception that society has and who spit in the face of every construct and preconception that vulgar society and tradition thrusts upon a person."


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