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Archie Shepp

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Archie Shepp was born in 1937 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. He grew up in Philadelphia, studied piano and saxophone and attended high school in Germantown; he went to college, became involved with theatre, met writers and poets, among them, Leroy Jones and wrote: «The Communist», an allegorical play about the situation of black Americans. In the late fifties, Archie Shepp also met the most radical musicians of the time: Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Jimmy Garrison, Ted Curson, Beaver Harris ... his political consciousness found an expression in plays and theatrical productions which barely allowed him to make a living

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Saxophonists, Classic and Contemporary

Read "Saxophonists, Classic and Contemporary" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features a wide variety of saxophonists, both as soloists and bandleaders. It includes iconic players like Stan Getz and Roscoe Mitchell as well as today's stars with Melissa Aldana and Miguel Zenon. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

JD Allen: Just Keep Going

Read "JD Allen: Just Keep Going" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1, “JD Allen: Just Keep Going" from Philip Freeman's Ugly Beauty: Jazz in The 21st Century (ZerO Books, 2022). Queens, New York seems purposely designed to confuse travelers. It's January 2, 2020, a brisk but sunny day, and I'm to meet saxophonist JD Allen at Samurai ...

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Article: Live Review

North Sea Jazz 2022

Read "North Sea Jazz 2022" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


North Sea Jazz Festival Ahoy Rotterdam Rotterdam, The Netherlands July 8-10, 2022 The post-pandemic, new North Sea normal seemed much the same as before, except the stakes were higher than usual due to economic recovery issues and continued uncertainty regarding Covid-19 resurgence. While the global entertainment sector bloomed ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Archie Shepp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Archie Shepp

All About Jazz is celebrating Archie Shepp's birthday today! Archie Shepp was born in 1937 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. He grew up in Philadelphia, studied piano and saxophone and attended high school in Germantown; he went to college, became involved with theatre, met writers and poets, among them, Leroy Jones and wrote: «The Communist», an ...

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Article: Album Review

Albert Ayler: Revelations

Read "Revelations" reviewed by Chris May


There are lovingly curated box sets and there is Albert Ayler's Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings. The 5 x LP / 4 x CD set documents in full the two concerts Ayler gave at the high-end performance and visual arts facility in Provence, France in July 1970, just four months before he passed, ...

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Article: Album Review

Cook / Coursil / Gale / Robinson / Tintweiss: Ave B Free Jam

Read "Ave B Free Jam" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


A small story to motivate this review. Once upon a time, there was a scholar in a field of the humanities who wrote quite obscurely, even for the humanities, although his prose did not approach the glories of the postmodern. Most agreed that his writing was incomprehensible. It was sesquipedalian, if not totally obscure. In his ...

Article: Album Review

Michael Mantler: Coda - Orchestra Suites

Read "Coda - Orchestra Suites" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Non è mai stato semplice inquadrare l'opera del trombettista e compositore austriaco Michael Mantler. Trasferitosi negli Stati Uniti nel 1960, si è ritrovato coinvolto nel jazz d'avanguardia degli anni '60 a fianco di musicisti come Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp e Roswell Rudd nel Jazz Composers Guild di cui è cofondatore. Da allora si è sempre dedicato ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Bebop, Beats, and the Drive of Beat Literature

Read "Bebop, Beats, and the Drive of Beat Literature" reviewed by Arthur R George


"Mulberry-eyed girls in black stockings, Smelling vaguely of mint jelly and last night's bongo drummer... fling their arrow legs / To the heavens / Losing their doubts in the beat" of jny: San Francisco nights, announced poet Bob Kaufman's “Bagel Shop Jazz." (Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness, New Directions Publishing, 1965; Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman, City ...

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Article: Interview

Michael Bisio: In His Own Words

Read "Michael Bisio: In His Own Words" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you happen to be a liner note geek you probably have noticed the name Michael Bisio mentioned frequently on album sleeves. Whether the author is the session leader or analyst, the general consensus is the bassist is the cornerstone upon which great music is built. His playing allows a fellow musician to access not only ...


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