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Arthur Doyle


Saxophonist/flutist/singer Arthur Doyle is hardly alone in his position as a marginal jazz figure. In an art form known for its many trials and tribulations (both artistic and financial), Doyle hasn't made his situation any easier by attempting to carve a singular path along the music's outskirts. The fact that he has done so, however, is what makes his music so unique. Performing in a style he calls "free jazz soul," Doyle combines the liberated freedom flights of the avant-garde with the gritty, gut-wrenching emotion of gospel and R&B.

The second of five children, Arthur Doyle was born in Birmingham, AL, on June 26, 1944. He attended college at Tennessee State University where he quickly built a circle of contacts in the Nashville music scene, playing with Louis Smith (Horace Silver) and Walter Miller (Sun Ra). Following brief stints in Detroit, playing in a big band led by Charles Moore, and back home in Alabama with R&B outfit Johnny Jones & the King Casuals, Doyle left for New York at the age of 23.


Article: Live Review

Jyderup Accordeon Traef 2015: Meeting of the Master Improvisers

Read "Jyderup Accordeon Traef  2015: Meeting of the Master Improvisers" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Jyderup Accordeon Traef Jyderup, Denmark June 14-21, 2015 Where do you find some of the greatest improvisers in music today? The answer, in a folk high school in the middle of a forest near a small Danish town called Jyderup, seems like a bad joke. Nevertheless, it is the truth ...


In Solo

Label: Audible Hiss
Released: 2012


Live In NYC

Label: Audible Hiss
Released: 2012


Five Poems For The Swamp Ghost

Label: Audible Hiss
Released: 2012


Article: Live Review

Roscoe Mitchell: London, England, March 9, 2012

Read "Roscoe Mitchell: London, England, March 9, 2012" reviewed by John Sharpe

Roscoe MitchellCafé OtoLondonMarch 9, 2012 Saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell followed an increasingly well trod path. Dalston's Cafe Oto has a strong track record in bringing great names from the free jazz past to the north London stage, with previous guest artists including trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Ted Daniel, and saxophonists Joe ...


Ghosts II

Label: Audible Hiss
Released: 2010


Article: Interview

Bill Dixon: In Medias Res

Read "Bill Dixon: In Medias Res" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Trumpeter and composer Bill Dixon is one of those rare figures in creative music who was both there as it took its initial steps and currently remains at the forefront of contemporary improvisation. In the last two years, he has directed or co-led orchestral configurations and recorded and performed with hand-picked small groups of international renown. ...


Article: Profile

Arthur Doyle

Read "Arthur Doyle" reviewed by John Sharpe

Better known by repute than in person saxophonist Arthur Doyle is nonetheless a free jazz legend. Though active since the '60s he has garnered barely a footnote in the written accounts of the music's history, not helped by a diminutive discography on obscure independent labels in limited pressings. But he has persevered and his rediscovery by ...


News: Book / Magazine

AllAboutJazz-New York February 2009 Issue Now Available!

AllAboutJazz-New York February 2009 Issue Now Available!

We hate to be the ones to temper all the post-election enthusiasm for potentially more arts support, but it seems like the financial crisis facing the world has trickled (or deluged) down into jazz. Recent reports indicate that Festival Network, which took over George Wein’s Festival Productions company last year, has laid off most its staff, ...


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