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Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre

Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre is a multiple reed specialist who has appeared throughout the world in festivals and clubs, at colleges and universities, and on television and radio. His musical associations have included performers such as Sam Rivers, Roscoe Mitchell, Howard Johnson, Warren Smith, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jack DeJohnette, Edward Wilkerson, Jr., Anthony Braxton, LeRoy Jenkins, Dave Holland, Kahil El'Zabar and Leo Smith among many others.

At the age of six months, or at least as old as his memory serves, Kalaparush has been listening to music. Actually, it was during this time that his parents took him from their Clarkville, Arkansas home to the southside of Chicago, where they moved into an apartment above Mr. Smith, a music teacher and musical instrument repairman. It was here that young Maurice first heard and later met the likes of Johnny Griffin and Sonny Stitt playing the music that was to become his life.

His parents, both professional people, insisted Kalaparush play an instrument. So, at seven years of age he chose drums. An early teacher squelched his ambition by telling him his wrists were too stiff for the "mommy/daddy" roll so important for the rudi ments.

There was a two year hiatus before the keen fo resight of Kalaparush's parents insisted upon another instrument; this time the saxophone. Kalaparush explains what happened, "Every youngster was told he first had to learn on clarinet before sax. So, Mr. Smith gave me a steel clarinet, explaining that mastering the clarinet was paramount in achieving saxophone mastery.

Buying a sax on his own, Kalaparush played in school shows. In grammar school his athletically inclined father introduced him to football. "It became my major interest for the next sev en years", Kalaparush states. "It wasn't until I realized I wasn't getting any bigger than 160 pounds that I decided to dust off the sax". And the dust has never fallen on the horn since. From the age of 18 until today, the instrument and the music whic h emanates from it have been his entire being.

In 1963 he began playing a new kind of music; a music which was finding no real place in Chicago mainstream music. The people he playing with were anxious to get it heard. They formed what was to become one of the leading forces in contemporary music both in the U.S. and elsewhere. The creative music movement in Chicago was later to be best known by its initials, AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music).

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