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Amina Claudine Myers

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Amina Claudine Myers (born March 21, 1942 in Blackwell, near Atkins, Arkansas) is an American jazz pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, and arranger.
Myers started singing and playing the piano and organ as a child in church choirs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas, where she grew up, and directed choirs at an early age. She graduated in concert music and music education at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas in the early 1960s. After graduation, Myers moved to Chicago where she taught music, attended classes at Roosevelt University and worked with musicians such as Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons. In 1966 she joined the AACM in Chicago, focusing on vocal compositions and arrangements, and recording her first jazz album with Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre in 1969.
In 1976 Myers relocated to New York City, where she intensified her compositional work and expanded it into the realm of Off-Broadway productions. She also continued performing and recording as a pianist and organist with Lester Bowie (African Children, 1978) and Muhal Richard Abrams (Duet, 1981). In 1985 she joined Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. Notable collaborations also include recordings with Bill Laswell, Marian McPartland, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Archie Shepp, David Murray, Arthur Blythe, Frank Lowe, Leroy Jenkins, Jim Pepper and Ray Anderson.

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  • uvawitz

    there is a terrific interview of Amina Claudine Myers in the current issue of BOMB (a magazine on art and artists of all kinds by artists, musicians, writers, etc.). She is interviewed by trombonist, composer, programmer, MacArthur Genius Fellow George Lewis.

    22 Nov 2006 Reply

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