Leroy Jenkins (jazz musician)

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Leroy Jenkins
Born (1932-03-11)March 11, 1932
Origin Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died February 24, 2007(2007-02-24) (aged 74)
Genres Avant-garde Jazz, Contemporary
Instruments Violin, viola
Associated acts

Leroy Jenkins (March 11, 1932 – February 24, 2007) was a composer and avant-garde jazz violinist and violist.[1]

Jenkins was involved in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) while a public school teacher in Chicago. He co-founded the Creative Construction Company with Anthony Braxton and others. He led the Revolutionary Ensemble and formed a trio with Anthony Davis and Andrew Cyrille.

During 1987 he toured Europe as part of Cecil Taylor's group.

He gained recognition for music-theatre works such as The Mother of Three Sons (written in collaboration with Ann T. Greene), Fresh Faust and The Negros Burial Ground (in collaboration with Ann T. Greene), and The Three Willies (in collaboration with Homer Jackson).


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Muhal Richard Abrams

With Anthony Braxton

With Alice Coltrane

With Creative Construction Company

With Carl Hancock Rux

  • Apothecary Rx (Giant Step, 2004)
  • Good Bread Alley (Thirsty Ear Records, 2006)

With the Jazz Composer's Orchestra

With Paul Motian

With Dewey Redman

With Revolutionary Ensemble

  • Manhattan Cycles (India Navigation, 1972)
  • Vietnam (ESP, 1972)
  • The People's Republic (A&M, 1975)
  • The Psyche (Mutable Music, 1975)
  • Positions 369 (Karma, 1977)
  • The Revolutionary Ensemble Recorded Live at Moosham Castle (Inner City, 1977)
  • And Now... (Pi, 2004)

With Archie Shepp

With Henry Threadgill


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