Amina Claudine Myers

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Amina Claudine Myers
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Amina Claudine Myers Photo: Bob Travis
Background information
Birth name Amina Claudine Myers
Born (1942-03-21) March 21, 1942 (age 72)
Blackwell, Arkansas United States
Genres Jazz, Gospel
Occupations Musician, composer, musical arranger
Years active 1969–present

Amina Claudine Myers (born March 21, 1942) in Blackwell, Arkansas; (a small community on US 64 in western Conway County) is an American jazz pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, and musical arranger.[1]

Biography[edit]

Myers started singing and playing the piano and organ as a child in church choirs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas, where she grew up, and directed choirs at an early age. She graduated in concert music and music education at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas in the early 1960s. After graduation, Myers moved to Chicago where she taught music, attended classes at Roosevelt University and worked with musicians such as Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons. In 1966 she joined the AACM in Chicago, focusing on vocal compositions and arrangements, and recording her first jazz album with Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre in 1969.

In 1976 Myers relocated to New York City, where she intensified her compositional work and expanded it into the realm of Off-Broadway productions. She also continued performing and recording as a pianist and organist. In 1985 she joined Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. Notable collaborations also include recordings with Bill Laswell, Marian McPartland, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Archie Shepp, David Murray, Arthur Blythe, Frank Lowe, Leroy Jenkins, Jim Pepper and Ray Anderson.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Lester Bowie

With Muhal Richard Abrams

With Frank Lowe

With Henry Threadgill

With James Blood Ulmer

With Arthur Blythe

With Art Ensemble of Chicago

With Jim Pepper

  • Afro Indian Blues (recorded 1991, released 2006)

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