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Abrams, Muhal Richard, 1930-2017


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  • Variants

    • Abrams, Richard, 1930-2017
    • Abrahams, Richard, 1930-2017
    • Abrams, Richard Louis, 1930-2017
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1930-09-19
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 2017-10-29
    • Has Affiliation

        • Affiliation Start: 1965
        • Source: New York times WWW site, viewed Nov. 3, 2017
        • Organization: (naf) Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) MJT + 3 (Musical group)
        • Organization: (naf) Delmark Records
        • Organization: (naf) Syracuse University
    • Has Affiliation

        • Affiliation Start: 1962
        • Source: New York times WWW site, viewed Nov. 3, 2017
        • Organization: Experimental Band
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Novus Records
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Chicago (Ill.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Gender

        male
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  • Sources

    • found: Braxton, A. Creative orchestra music 1976 [SR] p1976:inner sleeve (Muhal Richard Abrams, piano)
    • found: His Levels and degrees of light [SR] 1967?:labels (Richard Abrams, composer) container (clarinetist, pianist; president of Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians)
    • found: New Grove dict. of jazz(Abrams, Muhal Richard (Abrahams, Richard); b. 9-19-30, Chicago; pianist, composer, administrator)
    • found: Grove music online, viewed November 25, 2013(Abrams, Muhal Richard (Abrams, Richard Louis))
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed June, 29, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(Abrams, Muhal Richard; pianist, composer; born on 19 Sept. 1930 in Chicago, IL, US; attended the Governors State University, Chicago, late 1940s; wrote arrangements in early 1950s; pianist, composer, hard-bop group MJT+3 (1957-59); Experimental Band, free styles (1963); formed Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), offered training to young musicians (1965); recording career started with Level and Degree of Light, Delmark Records (1967), Young at Heart, Wise in Time (1969); NY City (1976); mid-1970s to mid-1990s recorded series of albums for Italian Black Saint label, two 1978 efforts for Novus Records (LifeaBlinec, Spiral Live at Montreux); wrote compositions for big bands, Hearinga Suite (1989); BluBluBlu (1990); was the first recipient of the Jazzpar Prize by Danish government (1990); Library of Congress chose his orchestra for the opening of a concert (1996); became president of New York chapter of the AACM; taught at Columbia University and Syracuse University, served as mentor for scores of important contemporary American musicians)
    • found: New York times WWW site, viewed Nov. 3, 2017(in obituary published Nov. 1: Muhal Richard Abrams; b. Richard Louis Abrams, Sept. 19, 1930, Chicago; took the name Muhal in 1967 (interviewed by the French magazine Jazz in 1973, he said that the word, its origin unclear, means "number one"); d. Sunday [Oct. 29, 2017], Manhattan, aged 87; autodidactic pianist, composer, and educator who was known both for his diverse, unclassifiable compositions and improvisations and for establishing and sustaining the influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians)
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    • 1991-09-18: new
    • 2017-11-03: revised
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