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Archie Shepp - Steam (composed by Archie Shepp)

Course Description

Archie Shepp gained fame as a provocateur in the avant-garde jazz music of the 1960s. His ferocious solos on tenor led the way in a wave of experimentation resulting in the opportunity to record with John Coltrane on Ascension and A Love Supreme. Entering college to become a playwright, his play 'Junebug Graduated Tonight' was produced off-Broadway. His poetry, set to music, includes Malcolm, Malcolm, Semper Malcolm and Mama Rose. Both stand as powerful commentaries on the American condition. Shepp’s recorded legacy examines the entire history of African American music styles. Recognition of his musical accomplishment and commitment to social betterment came when he received the New England Foundation for the Arts' Achievement in Music Award and in his designation as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. A long time professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Shepp is now retired and spends much of his time living in Paris and touring the world with his band. Scott Cashman considers Shepp as one of his mentors and will share his thoughts on the critical contributions of this American music master.

Course Outline

The Avant-Garde and Social Protest in the 1960s

- Film: Down to the Crux

- The early career of Archie Shepp - recordings and controversies

- Recording with John Coltrane

The Making of a Master

- Youth and education

- Playwright

- Poet and master musician

- The 1960s Avant-Garde recordings

- The 1970s and the mainstream

African American Music History

- Professor Shepp and Revolutionary Concepts in Afro-American Music

- Shepp's recordings: Spirituals, Blues, Bird, Trane, Rap and more.

 

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