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Pheeroan akLaff

drums, percussion

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Pheeroan akLaff was born in 1955 in Detroit, Michigan. His studies of Speech and Drama at Eastern Michigan University were supplanted by independent study of drums and relocation to New Haven, Connecticut. He honed his skills there with ensembles that included Dwight Andrews, Nat Adderly Jr., Jay Hoggard, Wes Brown, Mark Helias, Ed Cherry, Mark Dresser, Wayne Boyd, the Rozie Brothers, the Buster brothers and several musicians from the area. On the most auspicious occasion he played with Bill Barron, substituting for Ed Blackwell at Wesleyan University.

It was Pheeroan akLaff's work with Wadada Leo Smith and subsequently with Oliver Lake, Anthony Davis, Michael Gregory, Henry Threadgill, and others that paired him with the New York "Avant-Garde" of the late 1970's. He moved to New York and established recognition for his ability to articulate a wide range of musical genres.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet Friday, September 17, 2010, 10:00p
Wadada Leo Smith's Organic Resonance Friday, April 17, 2009, 10:00p

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