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Jair-Rohm Parker Wells

Born: October 13, 1958    Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Jair-Rohm Parker Wells

Jair-Rohm Parker Wells (October 13, 1958) is an American free jazz bassist (bass guitar and electric upright bass), composer and conceptualist. He is one of the founding members of the improvising band Machine Gun which featured Thomas Chapin. Resident in Stockholm, Sweden since 1985, he has been active internationally as a promoter of improvised and experimental music performing and recording extensively. He has collaborated with Karl Berger, Daniel Carter and Tony Scott among others.

Raised in southern Germany, Jair-Rohm moved to New York in 1978. After touring the United States for a year with a top forty band he attended Tulane University in New Orleans. While at Tulane, he regularly performed with local jazz and rhythm and blues artists. He also performed as a member of Tulane University's Tulanians, met and studied with Richard Payne (the first person to record with the electric bass) and discovered the music of Harry Partch. He returned to the New York area in the fall of 1980 where he met and started work study under saxophonist/composer Ken Simon. During this period Jair- Rohm also met Anthony Braxton and became involved in the study of his music. In 1982 Jair-Rohm founded his own experimental music/theater group GLASS THOUGHT THEATER ENSEMBLE. Between 1982 and 1983 he was composer in residence at the New York Theater Ensemble (New York, N.Y.) where he wrote and produced a trilogy of progressive”operas”. He received a MEET THE COMPOSER grant in 1983. From 1984 - 1985 he was resident in New Jersey where he continued composing and playing the bass. He was a founding member of the New Brunswick Jazz Musician's Collective (New Brunswick, N.J.) for which he composed and performed many significant works for various ensembles....
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As a Leader
Coming Together
MuWorks
2010
Personnel: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells: Bass
Daniel Carter: Saxes, flute, trumpet
Marc Edwards: Drums and cymbals
Bern Nix: Guitar

Brotherly Love In Philadelphia
Ayler Records
2008
Personnel: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells: Bass
Elliott Levin: saxes, flute, voice
Eric Slick: drums

Meditations on Albert Ayler
Ayler Records
2007
Personnel: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells: Bass
Luther Thomas: Alto Sax, Bells, Whistles,Hhollers
Anthony Bianco: Drums and cymbals

Steamroom Variations
Red Toucan
2005
Personnel: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells: Bass
Magnus Alexanderson: Guitars
Anthony Bianco: Drums and cymbals

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Primary Instrument:
Bass, electric

Location:
Cinnaminson, NJ

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