AACM at 45: “Creative Musicians” span generations, U.S., globe

The AACM — Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians — continues after 45 years to encourage highly original, edgy and exciting artists — as I detail in my new City Arts column. Examples in New York City: reedist/composer Henry Threadgill’s Zooid performs tonight and tomorrow at Roulette; trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s 22-piece Silver Orchestra and the duo of keyboardist-singer Amina Claudine Myers and drummer Reggie Nicholson are the bill for the AACM-New York”s concluding concert of its fall 2010 season on November 19 at The Community Church of New York; NEA Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams, the pianist, composer and improviser who co-founded the organization 45 years ago and has guided it ever since celebrates his 80th birthday by collaborating with two very different small ensembles at Roulette on December 2. 

And in Chicago, an AACM 45th anniversary festival is going on with trombonist-computer composer George E. Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Ernest Dawkins, Douglas Ewart, Mike Reed, Phil Cohran and many others concertizing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and conducting open master classes. Hail to creative musicians everywhere!

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