Firehouse 12 • 45 Crown Street • New Haven, CT 06510 • 203.785.0468

Amina Claudine Myers Trio
Part of the 2011 Fall Jazz Series
Friday, September 30, 2011
8:30p $18 The on-line box office is closed.
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10:00p $12 The on-line box office is closed.
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Amina Claudine Myers : keyboards
Jerome Harris : electric bass
Reggie Nicholson : drums

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Firehouse 12 is pleased to welcome esteemed pianist, organist, vocalist, and composer Amina Claudine Myers. This will be her first performance at Firehouse 12 and is a rare opportunity to hear her in such an intimate setting. Myers will be performing with her long-standing trio of master musicians, bassist Jerome Harris and percussionist Reggie Nicholson.

Myers’s music has been noted for its integration of roots music (gospel, blues) with contemporary classical music and the avant-garde. Her recordings The Circle of Time and Amina Claudine Myers Salutes Bessie Smith are regarded as some of the finest creative music recordings of the 1980s. Her music has been described as “deep, listenable, tuneful, and emotional” (Michael G. Nastos, and as having a “soulful, gospel-influenced style” (Ron Wynn, Noted composer/scholar George Lewis has written of Myers: "[she] draws upon her backgrounds in classical music and the music of the black church of her native rural South to create a recombinant sensibility within improvisation-imbued extended compositions.”

Myers was born in Blackwell, Arkansas and started studying music at the age of 7. In the early 1960’s, she moved to Chicago where she performed with saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons. She soon met composer/pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and became an early and influential member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago, leading trios, quartets, and vocal ensembles. In the mid-70s she moved to New York City and began to tour internationally with her own groups and the groups of Lester Bowie, Charlie Haden, and Archie Shepp. Myers has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and New York Foundation for the Arts among others.

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