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Thurman Barker began his professional career at the young age of 16 playing for blues singer/guitarist Might Joe Young. Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music his reputation as a drummer grew quickly. He has played for Billy Eckstein, MarvinGaye, Bette Midler and Vicki Carr. He was the house drummer at the Schubert Theatre in Chicago for 10 years where he played for national touring companies. Barker is a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, (AACM) an organization with which he continues his association to this day. He has recorded with Cecil Taylor, MuhalRichard Abrams, Amina Claudine Meyers, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Joseph Jarman, and Henry Threadgill. Barker has produced five recordings under his own record label, Uptee Productions

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ilia Belorukov, Gabriel Ferrandini: Disquiet

Read "Disquiet" reviewed by Don Phipps

"Energetic" may not be a strong enough word to describe this fascinating collaboration between Russian saxophonist Ilia Belorukov and American drummer Gabriel Ferrandini. Like the near-infinite splatter-patterns of a Pollack painting, the two drip, drop, slam, stutter and explode across the musical canvas of their album Disquiet, with a sense of urgency that brings to mind ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sam Rivers Quartet Live In Padua, 1978

Read "Sam Rivers Quartet Live In Padua, 1978" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova

For this new installment of our “From the Archive" series, we present an excerpt from the concert by the Sam Rivers Quartet hosted by Centro d'Arte in 1978 in Padua, Italy. The quartet featured some of the finest musicians operating in the creative scene of the '70s, with Sam Rivers on saxophone, Dave Holland on double ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Samantha Boshnack: A Musical World Without Boundaries

Read "Samantha Boshnack: A Musical World Without Boundaries" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of Seattle has an eclectic relationship with jazz historically, in terms of innovation and embracing the notion of music without boundaries, of musical communities interacting and supporting each other. Samantha Boshnack fits perfectly into that musical paradigm. Whether writing and performing with her 14 piece ensemble B'shnorkestra, or in a quintet setting, Boshnack has ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2016, Part 2

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2016, Part 2" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Various Venues Victoriaville, Quebec May 21-22, 2016 Part 1 | Part 2 Following a memorable--in a good way--first two days of FIMAV, Saturday's program promised more highlights, anchored by three consecutive sets of musicians performing John Zorn's Bagatelles at ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Thurman Barker

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Thurman Barker

Today, let's look at some videos of drummer, percussionist, and composer Thurman Barker, who's coming to St. Louis to play two events in early April at Washington University. He'll perform first in a ticketed concert for the Jazz at Holmes series on Thursday, April 7, followed the next evening by a free event, improvising to silent ...

NEWS: EVENT

50 Years of the AACM - February 26, March 19, April 28 & 29 at Roulette and The Bohemian National Hall

50 Years of the AACM - February 26, March 19, April 28 & 29 at Roulette and The Bohemian National Hall

Interpretations and the SEM Ensemble celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding in Chicago of the legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), with a series of concerts presenting AACM composers and improvisers. Each evening will feature works by many of the AACM's most renown figures, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Thurman Barker, Leroy Jenkins, ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

By John Pietaro I was heartily saddened by the sudden unexpected phone call: downtown’s unsung hero of Free Jazz, Will Connell, Jr., was hospitalized and non-responsive. Immediately the jazz and new music community rallied and the outpouring of love for Will was apparent. We’d all been preparing for his big moment at the front of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anthony Braxton: Creative Orchestra (Koln) 1978

Read "Creative Orchestra (Koln) 1978" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Composer and multi-reedman Anthony Braxton's complex and personalized compositional paradigms emanated in the 1960s, underscored by 12 language types, diagrams, and other methodologies to complement the improvisation aspect. On this double-disc, 2009 reissue of a 1978 concert, Braxton employs a diverse dream team including reedmen Marty Ehrlich and Ned Rothenberg and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. Consequently, Braxton ...

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Label: Uptee
Released: 2009


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