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Clarence Becton

Born in Mississippi, Clarence Becton moved at age twelve to Buffalo, N.Y. He worked locally with Pete Johnson, Don Menza, Don Ellis, and Wade Legge. Clarence also performed at the 'Royal Arms Club', playing for soloists like Coleman Hawkins, Clark Terry, John Hendricks. He left Buffalo with Hendricks touring the U.S. and Canada. In 1969 Clarence moved to Munich, working at the ‘Domicile Jazz Club’ and other locations with Pony Poindexter, Benny Bailey, Slide Hampton, Lucky Thompson, Mal Waldron, Dusko Goykovich and many other artists. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1970, he worked with Thelonious Monk, Bobby Hutcherson, Ernestine Anderson, Woody Shaw, Mark Levine, Michael White, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Pepper Adams, Eddie Henderson, ‘Captain’ John Handy, Julian Priester and others. In early 1979 Clarence Becton went on the road, for nine months touring the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe with Earl 'Fatha' Hines

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Mal Waldron: Free At Last

Read "Free At Last" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The sensitivity reflected in much of Mal Waldron's music was a deep aspect of his psyche. The Harlem-born pianist, who died in Brussels, Belgium, in 2002, worked downtown with saxophonist Ike Quebec at Café Society in the early 1950s and went on to record on several Charles Mingus recordings including Pithecanthropus Erectus (Atlantic), Jazz Composers Workshop ...

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Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom

Read "Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

Clarence Becton is a musicians' musician—meaning, someone well-known in musician circles. He belongs to the generation of American jazz heroes who grew up under economically and socially difficult circumstances, and for that very reason, succeeded in gaining a comprehensive education, emancipating himself, and embodying the history of jazz music by directly learning from and working with ...


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