Marilyn Crispell Trio

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Marilyn Braune, 30 March 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Crispell began piano lessons at the age of seven, later studying classical piano at the Peabody Music School in Baltimore, where she spent her later childhood, and piano and composition at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. After graduating in 1969, she gave up music for marriage and medical work. Six years later she divorced and moved to Cape Cod, where a local pianist, George Kahn, introduced her to modern jazz on record. One night, listening to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, ‘something in the music - its feeling, its energy - caught me: I became incredibly moved. I said to myself, I have to learn to play this music. I loved it so much.’ She studied jazz harmony with teacher Charlie Banacos in Boston, then attended Karl Berger’s Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, later staying on to work as a teacher. At the studio, she met Anthony Braxton and toured Europe in his...

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