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Take Five With Cheryl Pyle

Take Five With Cheryl Pyle
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Meet Cheryl Pyle:

The versatile flutist Cheryl Pyle received her BA in Music from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976, having received her Associates Degree from Mesa College in 1974. Her teachers included Merrill Jordan, Janet Maestre, Francis Watson, and Jayn Rosenfeld. She took Master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, and James Newton
James Newton
James Newton
b.1953
. She possesses an extensive classical solo repertoire and was a member of the school's orchestra whilst at Berkeley.

From 1975 to 1976 she served as musical director of the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, and she has performed in orchestras for over half a dozen musical theater productions. From 1977 to 1980 she was on the faculty at Berkeley as a flute teacher in the jazz department and taught at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont from 1993 to 1996. While at Berkeley, Ms. Pyle was the principal flutist in the University Jazz Ensemble. This group appeared at the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival where they played with major artists like Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
, George Duke
George Duke
George Duke
1946 - 2013
piano
, Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet
, Hubert Laws
Hubert Laws
Hubert Laws
b.1939
flute
, and Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
1937 - 2001
sax, tenor
. They also performed at the 1976 Concord Jazz Festival.

After graduation, she performed extensively in the San Francisco area, where she was a performing member of the Loft Jazz Association. She played with many notable Bay area musicians, including Bishop Norman Williams, Susan Muscarella, Bruce Forman, and Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
b.1948
piano
.

Since moving to New York in the fall of 1980, Ms. Pyle has been heard in a variety of settings. She has appeared at jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, Jazz Forum, Seventh Avenue South, Angry Squire, Kave Haz, The Garage, Cornelia Street Cafe, CBGB's Art Gallery, St. Peter's Church, Amazonas, Fat Baby's, Bar on A, Abc no Rio, Brecht Forum, Sycamore, Zirzamin, Frost Gallery, and Birdland. She was also heard at the Annual Women's Jazz Festival as well as the Mount Vernon Jazz Festival in New York. She is a member of the World Flute Orchestra and NY Jazz Flutet. Her jazz composition, "Dalle Alle," was awarded in 1989 by the Billboard Song Contest, and her lyrics have received numerous poetry awards like the Gold Poet Award in 1989 and 1990. Singers like Janis Siegel
Janis Siegel
Janis Siegel
b.1952
vocalist
, Roseanna Vitro
Roseanna Vitro
Roseanna Vitro
b.1954
vocalist
, Jeri Brown
Jeri Brown
Jeri Brown
b.1952
, Judi Silvano
Judi Silvano
Judi Silvano

vocalist
, Gloria Cooper, and Sheila Jordan
Sheila Jordan
Sheila Jordan
b.1928
vocalist
have all recorded her lyrics. Her lyrics have been recorded on Atlantic, Justin Time, Muse, and Concord records. She has performed her solo flute compositions at Kitty Brazelton's Real Music Festival in 1993 and continues to compose works for jazz flute. In 1996, she performed in the opera premier of The Other Wiseman by Stephanie de Kennessey with the Golden Fleece Opera Company in New York. Her first classical recording was the Frostiana song cycle with composer, Randall Thompson conducting and Pyle as flute soloist.

Pyle has performed and played with such fine musicians as Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
, Andy LaVerne
Andy LaVerne
Andy LaVerne
b.1947
piano
, Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
b.1955
piano
, Tom Harrell
Tom Harrell
Tom Harrell
b.1946
trumpet
, Mark Soskin
Mark Soskin
Mark Soskin
b.1953
piano
, Billy Bang
Billy Bang
Billy Bang
1947 - 2011
violin
, Danilo Perez
Danilo Perez
Danilo Perez
b.1966
piano
, Mike Holober
Mike Holober
Mike Holober
b.1957
piano
, Nick Gianni
Nick Gianni
Nick Gianni

sax, baritone
, David Phelps, Chuck Loeb
Chuck Loeb
Chuck Loeb
b.1955
guitar
, Mark Cohen, Steve LaSpina
Steve LaSpina
Steve LaSpina
b.1954
bass
, Michael Cochrane
Michael Cochrane
b.1948
piano
, Ron McClure
Ron McClure
Ron McClure
b.1941
bass
, Billy Hart
Billy Hart
Billy Hart
b.1940
drums
, Ben Monder
Ben Monder
Ben Monder
b.1962
guitar
, Sergio Brandao, Max Ridgway, Randall Colbourne, Adam Nussbaum
Adam Nussbaum
Adam Nussbaum
b.1955
drums
, Duduka Da Fonseca, Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014
bass, acoustic
, Arthur Kell, Lucy Galliher
Lucy Galliher
Lucy Galliher
b.1954
piano
, Bele Beledo, Premik Russell Tubbs
Premik Russell Tubbs
Premik Russell Tubbs
b.1952
saxophone
, Frank Burrows, Neil Alexander
Neil Alexander
Neil Alexander
b.1960
keyboard
, Danny Gottlieb
Danny Gottlieb
Danny Gottlieb
b.1953
drums
, James Williams
James Williams
James Williams
1951 - 2004
piano
, John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie
b.1944
guitar
, Paul Motian
Paul Motian
Paul Motian
1931 - 2011
drums
, Peter Washington, Joop Wolters, Stephan Crump, Rez Abassi, Stomu Takeshi, Newman Taylor Baker,Nick Gianni, Daniel Carter
Daniel Carter
Daniel Carter
b.1996
sax, alto
, Gerry Gibbs
Gerry Gibbs
Gerry Gibbs
b.1964
drums
, Max Johnson
Max Johnson
Max Johnson
b.1990
bass, acoustic
, Atma Anur, and others

She has recorded on Contemporary and Chesky Records with Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian.

Instrument(s):

Flute.

Teachers and/or influences?

Every kind of great music that moves and reaches the heart.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

I heard Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
' Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970), Freddie Hubbard's Red Clay (Epic, 1970), Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
's Schizophrenia (Blue Note, 1967), and Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
's Charlie Parker With Strings (1950, Mercury).

Your sound and approach to music:

Freedom within a structure—kind of incorporating all elements and knowledge then forgetting about it to improvise and play music.

Your teaching approach:

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