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Leroy Jenkins (March 11, 1932 – February 24, 2007) was a composer and free jazz violinist and violist.

One of the most important musicians to emerge from the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), the legendary collective of which he was a member until his death in 2007. Like many of the Association’s members, Jenkins studied under the legendary Walter Dyett at DuSable High School, where he learned the alto saxophone.

He received a music degree (in violin) from Florida A&M University, where he studied composition and the classical masters of the violin. Subsequently, he taught music both in Mobile, Alabama (1961-5) and in the Chicago schools (1965-9). During the latter period, Jenkins joined the AACM. He made his first recording with Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, and Leo Smith in the sixties before achieving international acclaim in Paris along with Braxton, Smith, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. In 1970 Jenkins moved to New York, where he founded the Revolutionary Ensemble, the critically acclaimed ensemble which recorded 7 albums and toured North America and Europe.

When many of the AACM musicians left during 1969, Jenkins went to Europe with Anthony Braxton & Leo Smith. There, with drummer Steve McCall, they were called the Creative Construction Company. He also played with Ornette Coleman, whose house he & Braxton stayed at when they subsequently moved to New York City.

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  • mattimeus

    i'm gay

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • herkyjerky

    Although of little significance (to me at least) compared to the great violinist of Revolutionary Ensemble fame, there was also an old Hillbilly Country artist with the same name "Leroy Jenkins". His "Hard Time Hard Luck Blues" song is pretty nice; it appears on the "Columbia Hillbilly Vol 2" compilation.

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Wooshmeister

    "SHOUTBOX RUINED OMGOMGOMGOGMOGMOGMOG!!! No one gives a shit. I'm sure Leroy Jenkins gives even less of a shit. FUCK OFF." I imagine it'd be quite difficult to give a shit when you're, y'know, dead.

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • insomniacme

    well he's dead so yeah he doesn't car OMGOMG

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • iDearBach

    btw, does anyone know any violinist that could be a similar artist to leroy? (besides Terry Jenoure)

    26 Sep 2010 Reply
  • iDearBach

    shut up fags [3]

    26 Sep 2010 Reply
  • insomniacme

    go away hipster

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
  • AceOfSpades24

    shut up fags [2]

    3 Sep 2010 Reply
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  • TownPhoenix

    This guy had some great music before he started to play WoW... I think once he hit that low point in his life his music sucked.

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
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    24 Jul 2010 Reply
  • elderlinx

    it"s possible to get, through you have to search better.

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • iDearBach

    hey! Were can i found some work of leroy jenkins? the only thing i can find on the web is related to wow. argh

    19 Jun 2010 Reply
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  • Perrythecat

    The Technomix has nothing to do with this musician. It’s about a legendary World of Warcraft player. See here for clarification:

    29 Jul 2009 Reply
  • hemorrhoidprime

    lmao I didnt even know there was a real person named leroy jenkins

    3 Jun 2009 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    This Leroy joke is a little disrespectful, but it's admittedly very funny. This musician is a giant.

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
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