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West Virginia, USA. Raised in Connecticut, Meadows began playing clarinet and studying classical music at the age of eight. He heard numerous jazz artists on record, including Stanley Turrentine, Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins and Sidney Bechet. The impression made by his hearing the last named, prompted him to settle on the soprano saxophone as his principal instrument. He attended the Berklee College Of Music where he studied arranging and composing. He also studied saxophone with Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman, Eddie Daniels and others. He also gained professional experience as a sideman with a wide range of jazz artists, including drummer Norman Connors for whom Meadows co-produced 1988s Passion. He also worked in bands backing various artists, including Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, the Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill and Will Downing.
In New York in the late 80s, Meadows was a member of the avant...