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Leroy Jenkins

Primary Instrument: Violin

Born: March 11, 1932 | Died: February 24, 2007    

Leroy Jenkins

Born in Chicago, composer and violinist Leroy Jenkins was one of the most important musicians to emerge from the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), the legendary collective of which he was a member until his death in 2007. Like many of the Association's members, Jenkins studied under the legendary Walter Dyett at DuSable High School, where he learned the alto saxophone.

He received a music degree (in violin) from Florida A&M University, where he studied composition and the classical masters of the violin. Subsequently, he taught music both in Mobile, Alabama (1961-5) and in the Chicago schools (1965-9). During the latter period, Jenkins joined the AACM. He made his first recording with Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, and Leo Smith in the sixties before achieving international acclaim in Paris along with Braxton, Smith, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. In 1970 Jenkins moved to New York, where he founded the Revolutionary Ensemble, the critically acclaimed ensemble which recorded 7 albums and toured North America and Europe....
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  • The Art of Improvisation

    Mutable Music
    2006
    BUY
  • Space Minds, New Worlds, Survival Of America

    Tomato Records
    2003
    BUY
  • Themes & Improvisations On The Blues

    Curtom
    1994
    BUY
  • Mixed Quintet

    Curtom
    1993
    BUY
  • Leroy Jenkins Live!

    Curtom
    1993
    BUY
  • The Legend Of Ai Glatson

    Curtom
    1978
    BUY
  • For Players Only

    Curtom
    1975
    BUY

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