Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Muhal, the AACM, & Middletown
In 1965, Abrams, fellow pianist Jodie Christian, Kelan Phil Cohran, and several other people signed the letter of incorporation and the AACM began to be a center of learning and performance in Chicago and is still in existence today there as well as in New York City (where many of the musicians moved to in the 1970s and 80s). From those early sessions, groups such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Trio Air came into existence as did musical visionaries such as Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, George Lewis, Douglas Ewart, Oliver Lake, Amina Claudine Myers, Nicole Mitchell, Malachi Thompson, and Famadou Don Moye.
Might not make sense to many of us but Muhal Richard Abrams has been navigating these waters for over 6 decades. The NEA Jazz Master, who turned 86 the past September, challenges himself, his fellow musicians, and his audiences whenever he sits down at the piano.
For more information about the concert, go to www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/. To reserve tickets, call 860-685-3355. To learn more about Mr. Abrams, go to www.muhalrichardabrams.com/. Check out the AACM by going to aacmchicago.org.
Here's Muhal with the late Fred Anderson from 2009:
Here's his Quintet in action from February 2016, same lineup as this Friday's concert except Brad Jones is the bassist.