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Joe McPhee

Primary Instrument: Reeds

Born: December 3, 1939    

Joe McPhee

Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. Born on November 3, 1939, in Miami, FL, McPhee first began playing the trumpet at age eight. McPhee continued on that instrument through high school and then in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany; during his Army stint, he was first introduced to traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton ’s Freedom and Unity , recorded in 1967 and released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which McPhee appears. In 1968, he began playing the saxophone and since then has investigated a wide range of instruments (including pocket trumpet, clarinet, valve trombone, and piano), with active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music....
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  • The CjR Years 1969-1974

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2014
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  • Sonic Elements

    Clean Feed Records
    2013
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  • Human Encore

    Clean Feed Records
    2013
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  • Last Notes

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2013
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  • Red Sky

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2013
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  • Ithaca

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2012
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  • Scraps And Shadows

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2012
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