Grachan Moncur III

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s


3 June 1937, New York City, New York, USA. An early starter (his father played bass with Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans), Moncur had already mastered several other instruments when, at the age of 11, he turned to the trombone. In his teens, Moncur worked with local bands and also studied music. In the early 60s he was with Ray Charles, and was a member of the Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet. He also worked with Jackie McLean and Sonny Rollins, recorded for Blue Note Records and, by the late 60s, was a leading figure of the free jazz movement, playing with Archie Shepp in the USA and Europe. In the 70s, Moncur worked with the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, and in the 80s, with Frank Lowe, among others. In the last two decades, his experience has also been applied to teaching and to several major compositions in musical areas ranging from jazz to ballet.

An accomplished performer, Moncur’s fluid style has helped to make his playing more...

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