Andrew Cyrille attended both the Julliard and Hartnett schools of music in New York City between 1960 and 1964. During this period, he worked with some of the most renowned jazz artist of all time, including;pianist Mary Lou Williams-saxaphonist Coleman Hawkins and Illinois Jacquet; trumpeters Kenny Dorham and Freddie Hubbard; vibraphonist Walt Dickerson; and Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji. Andrew was also a jazz class drummer at the June Taylor School for Dance and collaborated with choreographer Michael Bennett of Chorus Line, and Jaime Rogers, who taught there.
In 1964, Andrew formed a musical associ-ation with avant garde pianist Cecil Taylor, a relationship that lasted for 11 years. During this period, Andrew was also a member of a choral theater group called Voices Inc, and taught as artist-in-residence at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, ohio from 1971 to 1973. In 1969, Andrew began to organizer the first of several percussion groups: "Dialogue of the Drums", "Pieces of Time", and recently "Weights and Measures".
At various times these groups featured notable drummers Kenny Clarke, Milford Graves, Famoudou Don Moye, Rashied Ali, Daniel Ponce, and Michael Carvin. Cyrille has also toured and performed in the the former U.S.S.R, and Canada with the renown Russian percussionist, Vladimir Tarasov.
During the late 70's he formed an instrumental band called MAONO (feeling) with various instrumental voices whose compositions was dictated by the occasion. With this band he performed and toured in the U.S.A. AND Europe and recorded several albumss (now CD's) for Black Saint/Blue Note records. He currently continues to organize, perform, and record with duo, trio, quintet's, and other formations.
He is a member of "TRIO3" featuring Oliver Lake-alto sax, and Reggie Workman-bass. On occasion, he also peformes and records with some of the leading muscians of our time such as saxophonists David Murray and Jane Bunnett; pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, Mal waldron, and Horace Tapscott; sythesizer players Richard Teitelbaum and Eric Ross;vocalist Jeanne Lee; and flutist James Newton. Andrew has also, performed in mixed media with painter Stefan Roloff. Currently a faculty member at the New School for Social Research in New York City, and has also taught at the Graham Windham Home for Children in New York.
He has recieved three N.E.A. grants for performance and composition. In 1990, Cyrille was awarded a Meet the Composer /A.T.&T Rockefeller Foundation Jazz Commissioning Grant to collaborate with choroeographer, Cleo Parker Robinson.
In 1994, Cyrille was awarded an Arts International award to take the "Andrew Cyrille Quintet" to perform at PANAFEST 94' in Accra, and Koforidua, Ghana, West Africa. In 1995, he recieved another Meet the Composer Grant for composition.
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One of the top saxophonists to come out of Chicago's AACM movement of the mid-'60s, Roscoe Mitchell is a particularly strong and consistently adventurous improviser long associated with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. After getting out of the military, Mitchell led a hard bop sextet in Chicago (1961) which gradually became much freer.
He was a member of Muhal Richard Abrams's Experimental Band and a founding member of the AACM in 1965. Mitchell's monumental Sound album (1966) introduced a new way of freely improvising, utilizing silence as well as high energy and "little instruments" as well as conventional horns. Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors were on that date and Mitchell's 1967 follow-up Old/Quartet.
With the addition of Joseph Jarman and Philip Wilson (who was later succeeded by Don Moye), the Art Ensemble of Chicago was born. The colorful unit was one of the most popular groups in the jazz avant-garde and Mitchell was an integral part of the band. Roscoe Mitchell (who, in addition to his main horns, plays clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe, baritone and bass saxophones) also was involved in individual projects through the years and has recorded as a leader for Delmark, Nessa, Sackville, Moers Music, 1750 Arch, Black Saint, Cecma and Silkheart in settings ranging from large ensembles to unaccompanied solo concerts.
Scott Yanow, All-Music Guide
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