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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: May 24, 1937

Archie Shepp was born in 1937 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

He grew up in Philadelphia, studied piano and saxophone and attended high school in Germantown; he went to college, became involved with theatre, met writers and poets, among them, Leroy Jones and wrote: «The Communist», an allegorical play about the situation of black Americans. In the late fifties, Archie Shepp also met the most radical musicians of the time: Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Jimmy Garrison, Ted Curson, Beaver Harris ... his political consciousness found an expression in plays and theatrical productions which barely allowed him to make a living. In the beginning sixties he met Cecil Taylor and did two recordings with him which were determining....
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Featured recording “The New York Contemporary Five”

The New York Contemporary Five

Delmark Records
2010
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    Bird Fire

    Soul Note
    2013
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    Live In Antibes

    Soul Note
    2013
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    Wo!man

    Soul Note
    2011
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    For Losers / Kwanza

    Soul Note
    2011
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    Archie Shepp and Joachim Kuhn: Wo!man


    2011
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    The New York Contemporary Five

    Delmark Records
    2010
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    Phat Jam In Milan

    Soul Note
    2009
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Archie Shepp & Chuck D Project Live at Sons d'hiver (Paris)

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