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Muhal Richard Abrams - 83% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 September 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Abrams began studying piano at Chicago Music College at the age of 17 and started working professionally a year later. In 1955 he formed Modern Jazz Two + 3 with tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris. After this group folded, he kept a low profile until 1961, when he organized the Experimental Band, a contrast to his earlier hard bop ventu Read more

Roscoe Mitchell - 70% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Classical Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 August 1940, Chicago, Illinois, USA. As a child Mitchell enjoyed listening to Nat ‘King’ Cole, Lester Young and Charlie Parker. He studied clarinet and baritone saxophone in high school, taking up alto saxophone in his senior year and continuing with it while in the army. He went to Europe with an army band, where he heard Albert Ayler, who was also playing in a Read more

Anthony Braxton - 59% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 June 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Braxton began playing clarinet in high school, studied music for one semester at Wilson Junior College, then joined the US Army, where he played clarinet and alto saxophone. In 1966 he joined Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (the AACM), a newly formed musicians’ co-operative whose leading members i Read more

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Susie Ibarra - 57% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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A veteran of New York City’s downtown avant-garde jazz scene, drummer/percussionist Susie Ibarra has performed with an impressive list of musicians, including John Zorn, William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Ikue Mori, and Mark Dresser, as well as the more rock-oriented artists Thurston Moore and Yo La Tengo. In the late 1990s, Ibarra struck out on her own as a bandleader, result Read more

Sunny Murray - 55% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Marcellus Arthur Murray, 21 September 1937, Idabel, Oklahoma, USA. Murray is probably the most influential and certainly the most controversial drummer to emerge from the 60s new wave. He began to teach himself drums at the age of nine, subsequently flirting briefly with trumpet and trombone. In 1956 he moved to New York and worked with figures as diverse as Henry  Read more

David S. Ware - 54% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Spencer Ware, 7 November 1949, Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. Before studying at the Berklee College Of Music in the late 60s, Ware had already begun playing several members of the saxophone family. He formed his own band, Apogee, and played in the USA and Europe with both Cecil Taylor and Andrew Cyrille, recording 1978’s Metamusicians’ Stomp with the latter. Read more

Marion Brown - 54% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 September 1935, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Brown made his name as an alto saxophonist after mastering clarinet and oboe. In the 50s he studied music at Clark College, Atlanta and law at Howard University, Washington, DC - an experience that contrasted sharply with his poor southern background. He spent 18 months playing the clarinet in an army band on the Japanese island of Ho Read more

The Vandermark 5 - 54% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
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Art Ensemble Of Chicago - 53% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Founded in 1968 by trumpeter Lester Bowie (11 October 1941, Frederick, Maryland, USA, d. 9 November 1999, New York, USA), saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell (b. 3 August 1940, Chicago, Illinois, USA) and Joseph Jarman (b. 14 September 1937, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA) and bass player Malachi Favors (b. 22 August 1927, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 30 January 2004, Chicago, Illinois, U Read more

Tim Berne - 46% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Jazz
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Charles Gayle - 45% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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28 February 1939, Buffalo, New York, USA. While working in industry, Gayle studied piano in his spare time. Eventually taking up the tenor saxophone, he became involved in the New York avant garde movement of the 60s. At the end of the decade he was back in his home town but returned to New York where for the next decade he often scuffled for work, sometimes playing in obscu Read more

Mal Waldron - 43% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Malcolm Earl Waldron, 16 August 1926, New York City, New York, USA, d. 2 December 2002, Brussels, Belgium. After studying piano and composition formally, Waldron began playing professionally with a succession of R&B bands. He also recorded with Ike Quebec and from 1954 was a regular associate of Charles Mingus. Waldron’s own mid-50s band enjoyed a measure of success Read more

Cecil Taylor - 40% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1929, New York City, New York, USA. A towering figure in post-war avant garde jazz, Taylor has been hailed as the greatest piano virtuoso of the twentieth century because of the phenomenal power, speed and intensity of his playing. ‘We in black music think of the piano as a percussive instrument, ’ he told writer John Litweiler, ‘we beat the keyboard, Read more

Albert Ayler - 39% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 July 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 25 November 1970, New York City, New York, USA. In common with many of the radical figures of the 60s avant garde, tenor and alto saxophonist Ayler paid his dues in R&B bands. He started his musical education on alto, and played in the church attended by his family. At the age of 10 he began studying at the local academy of music, c Read more

Don Cherry - 38% match to Wadada Leo Smith

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 November 1936, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, d. 19 October 1995, Alhaurín El Grande, Málaga, Spain. Cherry began playing trumpet while still attending high school in Los Angeles, where he was raised. He also played piano and some of his first public performances were on this instrument when he worked in R&B bands. An early musical associate was Billy Hig Read more


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