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Myers, Amina Claudine locked

  • Andrew Bartlett


(b Blackwell, AR, March 21, 1942). American composer, pianist, organist, and vocalist. She moved to Dallas, Texas, as a child and played piano in church and led a gospel choir. She returned to Arkansas to finish high school and graduated from Philander Smith College in Little Rock. After college, she moved to Chicago, where she taught elementary school and played in a trio led by the drummer Gerald Donovan, who introduced her to the burgeoning Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). There she met many musicians with whom she later recorded, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Lester Bowie, and Henry Threadgill. Myers also toured with the Gene Ammons Quartet and Sonny Stitt’s trio, before relocating to New York in ...

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