Malachi Thompson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Malachi Richard Thompson, 21 August 1949, Princeton, Kentucky, USA, d. 16 July 2006. Thompson began playing piano at the age of five, studying in Chicago where he was raised. He later began playing trumpet and after graduation from university it was on this instrument that he studied with Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. In 1967, he joined the AACM and during this period he met and formed a long-lasting musical association with Lester Bowie. The settings in which Thompson played over the next few years was extremely varied, including as it did engagements with Collective Black Artists Orchestra, Von Freeman, Joe Henderson, King Kolax, Victor Lewis, Jackie McLean, Sam Rivers, Sonny Seals and Joe Williams. He also recorded several sessions for Ron Warwell’s Ra label.

In the late 70s Thompson became co-leader, with Norman Spiller, of Brass Proud. He also led his own groups, using as sidemen musicians such as Gary Bartz, Oliver Lake, David...

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