AKA Jospeh Jarman
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, AR
Location of death: Englewood, NJ
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Jazz Musician
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Art Ensemble of Chicago multi-intrumentalist
Military service: US Army (1955-58)
After leaving the army, in which he had been performing in bands on saxophone and clarinet, Joseph Jarman moved to Chicago in time to participate in the creative movement taking root in the early 1960s. He joined both the incipient Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and The Experimental Band, working for the first time alongside two musicians who would become his longstanding bandmades: Roscoe Mitchell and Malachi Favors. In 1969 the three -- joined by fellow AACM member Lester Bowie -- would form the Art Ensemble of Chicago, a band that would help define the free jazz movement. With the Ensemble, Jarman recorded in excess of 50 albums and toured the world extensively before retiring from the group in 1993.
Amongst his many non-AEOC projects, Joseph Jarman headed his own group in the late sixties, recorded numerous solo and collaborative albums, contributed to theatre productions, and has had several volumes of his poetry published. He is credited as being one of the first musicians to perform entirely solo pieces on the saxophone.
Wife: Thulani Davis (div., one daughter, two sons)
Son: Joseph, Jr.
High School: DuSable High School, Chicago, IL
University: Wilson Junior College
Art Ensemble of Chicago
The Experimental Band
Ordained Shinshu Buddhism (1990)
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