Archie Shepp

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz free jazz saxophone avant-garde jazz avant-garde Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

24 May 1937, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Shepp was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While studying dramatic literature at college he began playing on various instruments including the alto saxophone. His first professional engagement was on clarinet and he later played tenor saxophone with R&B bands. Settling in New York he tried to find work as an actor but was obliged to make a living in music, playing in Latin bands. He also played jazz with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Don Cherry, John Tchicai and others during the early 60s. With Cherry and Tchicai he was co-leader of the New York Contemporary Five. Shepp’s musically questing nature drew him into the orbit of John Coltrane, with whom he established a fruitful musical relationship. Through Coltrane, Shepp was introduced to Bob Thiele of Impulse! Records and began recording under his own name for the label.

Shepp’s collaborations with Coltrane included an appearance at...

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