1-20 of 723 results  for:

  • Composer or Arranger x
Clear all

Article

Gregory E. Smith and Barry Kernfeld

(bNew York, July 2, 1942). Americanpianist, arranger, and composer. His father was a guitarist and bandleader. Abene performed and recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival in Marshall Brown’s International Youth Band (1958) and studied composition at the Manhattan School of Music (...

Article

Lars Westin

(b Spånga, Sweden, April 18, 1945). Swedish trumpeter, composer, and leader. He started playing in amateur bands around Stockholm while in his teens and worked towards a career as a lawyer before becoming a full-time musician in 1972, upon the formation of the group Egba; he eventually became the leader of the band and the main contributor of compositions to its repertory. Egba’s music combined jazz-rock with African and Latin rhythms and melodies, though its last album (it disbanded in ...

Article

Val Wilmer

(b Cape Town, Oct 18, 1950). South African pianist, composer, and arranger. He grew up in the District Six area of Cape Town with the guitarist Russell Herman, studied music at the University of Cape Town, and played in various groups with Herman, including Oswietie, with which they toured South Africa and Angola. After joining Sipho Gumede in the funk-jazz group Spirits Rejoice he traveled along Africa’s west coast as far as Gabon, then in ...

Article

André Clergeat

(b Paris, Dec 7, 1968). French guitarist, leader, and composer. He studied guitar under the guidance of Philippe Petit and Marc Ducret and was influenced by the avant-garde musicians Derek Bailey and John Zorn. After having played alongside John Abercrombie, Tal Farlow, and Dave Liebman he abandoned bop, oriented himself “beyond” jazz, and adopted a violent “jungle style,” which had nothing to do with Duke Ellington’s aesthetic of the same name but borrowed instead mainly from electronics. In the early 1990s he founded the groups Unit (including Julien Lourau) and Trash Corporation (involving Bojan Zulfikarpasic), played in the cooperative Astrolab, and appeared frequently in Henri Texier’s group. Later he joined the groups Machination (alongside Hélène Labarrière), Tribulation, and the Recyclers, and led the ensemble M.A.O. Akchoté has taught at the Centre d’Information Musicale and at EDIM (Enseignement Diffusion Information Musique)....

Article

Steven Strunk and Barry Kernfeld

(bSamaná, Dominican Republic, June 24, 1922; dCroton, NY, October 2, 2001). Americanarranger and composer. He was brought up in New York, where he first played (usually baritone saxophone) and wrote arrangements for Don Joseph (1940), Muggsy Spanier (...

Article

Jacques Aboucaya

(b Rio de Janeiro, April 28, 1950). Brazilian double bass player, pianist, and composer. From 1964 he played piano in the trio Camara, and later made a tour of France, where he settled in 1973; he then changed from piano to double bass and also studied composition at the Paris Conservatoire. He formed a duo with the pianist Jean-Pierre Mas (...

Article

Jacques Aboucaya

(b Oran, Algeria, Oct 25, 1961). French pianist and composer. After taking lessons in classical piano he went to the USA to study at the Berklee College of Music (1981–3) and then at the Manhattan School of Music (MM composition). He appeared in the BMI Jazz Composition Workshop under the direction of Bob Brookmeyer (...

Article

Barry Kernfeld and Gary W. Kennedy

(b Berkeley, CA, Aug 21, 1960). American bandleader, tenor saxophonist, composer, percussionist, and pianist. He played percussion and piano from an early age, took up drums while in elementary school, and began piano lessons when he was nine. In 1975 he formed his own improvisation group, the Berkeley Arts Company, and in ...

Article

Simon Adams

(b Wallington, England, May 26, 1937; d Milford, Derbs., Feb 23, 2004). English composer. He first played piano and tenor saxophone, and after graduating from Bristol University (1959) he studied arranging and composition with Raymond Premru (1960–61) and Bill Russo (...

Article

Johs Bergh

(b Bergen, Norway, March 3, 1950). Norwegian pianist, composer, and arranger. He established himself as a talented player in local groups in the early 1970s. While leading his own group Ny Bris (1980–83) he also played in a Scandinavian jazz ensemble led by Carla Bley (...

Article

Erik Kjellberg and Lars Westin

(b Hälsingborg, Sweden, Aug 7, 1920; d Stockholm, Feb 11, 1971). Swedish bandleader, arranger, and saxophonist. He led a big band in Malmö (1942–9), was a member of Thore Ehrling’s orchestra in Stockholm (1949–52), and worked as a studio musician. From ...

Article

Raymond J. Gariglio

(b Westwego, LA, March 29, 1901; d New Orleans, Feb 6, 1948). Clarinetist and composer. He played on Mississippi riverboats with Johnny Stein, then moved in 1922 to New York, where until 1925 he performed with the Original New Orleans Jazz Band. He worked in San Antonio with the New Orleans Rhythm Masters (...

Article

André Clergeat and Barry Kernfeld

(b Paris, April 16, 1931). French tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, pianist, composer, and leader. His father was a lyric singer, and he grew up in a musical family; he studied classical singing as a child and took up clarinet in 1950. After playing traditional jazz with Michel Attenoux (from ...

Article

Jeff Pressing, John Whiteoak and Roger T. Dean

(b Auckland, New Zealand, Oct 3, 1935). New Zealand pianist and composer. After arriving in Sydney in 1960 she quickly became a prominent studio musician. She led a succession of trios and larger groups and worked with many important Australian players, including Don Burrows and Errol Buddle; she was also active in education, notably as a staff member of the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music (from ...

Article

Frank Büchmann-Møller

(b Copenhagen, Feb 7, 1958). Danish pianist, keyboard player, saxophonist, and composer. He began to play professionally in 1978 and studied music education at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in 1981. Besides leading his own quartet he worked in the groups Blast (...

Article

Johs Bergh

(b Hamar, Norway, June 7, 1955). Norwegian pianist, composer, and arranger. He grew up in Oslo and began his career in jazz-rock groups in the early 1970s. He then played with Arild Andersen (1974–6), Radka Toneff (1975–82), and the guitarist Jon Eberson (...

Article

Catherine Collins and Barry Kernfeld

(b Rosario, Argentina, Nov 28, 1934). Argentine tenor saxophonist and composer. Several members of his family were musicians, and he studied clarinet as a child. He moved in 1947 to Buenos Aires, where he learned alto saxophone and became first alto saxophonist in Lalo Schifrin’s band; his early influences were Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Later he formed his own quartet and changed to the tenor instrument. In ...

Article

Robert H. Dickow and Barry Kernfeld

(b Detroit, Dec 27, 1936). American trombonist, composer, and arranger, brother of Gary Barone. He grew up in Cleveland and first studied trombone with his father, who played trumpet with Bob Crosby (briefly in 1936) and many other lesser-known bands. He also learned guitar and the Schillinger method of composition. Following military service, during which he played in army bands, he moved in ...

Article

José Duarte

(b Lisbon, July 18, 1957). Portuguese double bass player and composer. He began his musical training at the age of eight on guitar and piano and later took up double bass. After graduating from the Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon in 1979 in double bass and music theory he continued his studies in Vienna (...

Article

Paul Rinzler and Barry Kernfeld

(b Philadelphia, March 27, 1927; d Middletown, CT, Sept 21, 1989). American tenor and soprano saxophonist, composer, and teacher, brother of Kenny Barron. He first studied piano with his mother from the age of nine, but four years later changed to soprano saxophone and then to the tenor instrument. At the age of 17 he toured with the Carolina Cotton Pickers, after which he served as a musician in the army (...