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Roscoe Mitchell

Roscoe Mitchell (born August 3, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois) is an African-American composer, jazz instrumentalist and educator, mostly known for being a technically superb – if idiosyncratic – saxophonist. The Penguin Guide to Jazz described him as one of the key figures in avant-garde jazz; All About Jazz states that he has been at the forefront of modern music for the past 35 years.

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Here is Vol 1 with music by Duke Ellington, J Dilla, Hal Willner, Charles Mingus, Roscoe Mitchell;
What I try to impart to a musician is to really try to practice the instrument in a real...
You have to know composition to be a good improviser.
It's an honor to welcome this year: Roscoe Mitchell.
I always try to think of a vocabulary to match different musical situa...
I just consider myself a student, trying to learn more about it.
Waka Flocka and Roscoe Dash coming to Clemson September 23rd.
I remember times when the whole music scene was just flourishing.
I like to hear melodies that go from one extreme to the next- saxophon...
I don't like to box myself in when I'm composing.
If you listen to nature, all the sounds are done in a confident way. I...
I've always been interested in shaping music in odd ways, with odd rif...
A Roscoe Mitchell show from 9 October 1989 at the Grand Cafe in Victoriaville, Quebec.
Being immersed in Roscoe Mitchell's circular breathing up close is a transformative experience. @ Cafe Oto,...
Roscoe Mitchell incredible from the first note-and the first note lasted fifteen minutes.
Tickets will be available on the door for Roscoe Mitchell tonight. Don't miss out!
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Roscoe Mitchell rolls into town tonight. Unmissable!
roscoe Mitchell with with 2 of my favourite musicians tonight, I'm excited.
Yes indeed. Looks incredible. BTW, Roscoe Mitchell is playing better than ever. Just amazing.
Saw last night at He's on Wednesday. Unmissable. Also Tonight & 2morrow Roscoe Mitchell
Curses. Can't make it to Roscoe Mitchell on Tuesday. Are you able to offer my ticket if it sells out?
The painting Roscoe Mitchell made that ended up being used for Art Ensemble of Chicago's album 'the Third Decade':
Roscoe Mitchell's Percussion Cage at 'the Freedom Principle' show in : @ MCA
Just got finished with Roscoe Mitchell at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. I'm very fortunate
Now live: second set by Roscoe Mitchell and Mike Reed on
Now with us Roscoe Mitchell in the studio for a short interview!
We are live on Bimhuis Radio with Roscoe Mitchell and Mike Reed . Presentation: Koen Schouten
I honestly don't have a clue I love all the roscoe brothers💔
Roscoe Mitchell & Mike Reed, this Thursday October 22nd at ZPH, Time for legend indeed: …
"I've finally learned how to learn something; now I just want to practice six hours a day." -Roscoe Mitchell
Wadada's GQ About play at the Chatelet theater in Paris. Henry Threadgill and D Up Just played. Roscoe Mitchell and Mike Reed playing.
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Tonight I get to put some notes in the air (and hopefully bring some good vibes for the Canadian Federal election)...
Henry Threadgill and Jack DeJohnette and Larry Gray and Muhal Richard Abrams and Roscoe Mitchell –…
"Silence is already perfect, so when you enter it, it's on you." - Roscoe Mitchell
Did I get a hint of a phrase from Beethoven piano trio in Roscoe Mitchell’s “Angel City”? (thanks
Mrs roscoe was meant to be in Canada meeting a man.. Instead she's in walford meeting Phil Mitchell 😶 plot twist or what
"The Inside of a Star" track from "Song for My Sister" album by Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory
omg superb twist bringing Kathy Beale/Mitchell back!!! Last seen as a Roscoe in Hollyoaks!! Keep in Easties plz. Fantastic xx
Nooo Sandy Roscoe get back to the Roscoe boys need you not Phil Mitchell! Lol
I'm still baffled is Ian Beale and Ben Mitchell related to the roscoe brothers outta hollyoaks
Bit of a gene pool mix up from the roscoe brothers to Ian Beale and Ben Mitchell
*** is Sandy Roscoe from Holyoaks doing with Phil Mitchell?!! Must be her because Kathy Beale died years ago but then this is TV Land
Phil Mitchell is the Roscoe boys dad, wha 😂🙈😂
Sandy left the Roscoe boys to meet Phil Mitchell woah
What I want to know is what business Sandy Roscoe has will Phil Mitchell?
Jazz this week: Roscoe Mitchell & Craig Taborn, Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O, and more:
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up next on , George Lewis' Voyager with Roscoe Mitchell
Right,! Starting with a bit of improvisation from the legends: Roscoe Mitchell, Tony Marsh & John Edwards.
Watched a John Coltrane doc and surprised I've never heard of Roscoe Mitchell. Love his soprano sax playing near the end of the film.
The new Dan Weiss and that Roscoe Mitchell album freak me out in the best way Top April Jazz
Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, George Lewis with orchestra. And all for free! If only I were in Glasgow on Friday.
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 97:31 min | 231 MB Genre: Jazz, Free Jazz | Label: Rogueart A record that not only goes beyond some of the other recent work we've heard from Rob Mazurek – but a set that also offers up two richly different sides of his talents! CD1 features a mindblowing performance from the Exploding Star Orchestra – a special version of the group that features work from the legendary Roscoe Mitchell on alto and soprano sax, plus Chad Taylor and John Herndon on drums, Kevin Drumm on electronics, Nicole Mitchell on flutes, Steve Swell on trombone, Matt Lux on bass, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes and tubular bells, and Mike Reed on drums and bass clarinet! The sound is full, and forward-moving – some of the boldest work we've heard so far from this excellent group – recorded here in a special Brazilian performance that also features a bit of vocals from Damon Locks. Titles include "Lo & Volcanic", "Callisto The Bear", "Almathea Is Red", and "Ganymede & The Ice Parade". CD2 then steps int ...
So, this day happened over a year ago, but it just sort of hit me how crazy it was for me and how lucky I am to be where I am, studying what I study. After seeing one of his final lectures before his retirement, I drove the great experimental music scholar David Nichols (after picking him from Leta Miller's house) to Mills college where we sat in on musicologist, David Bernstein's seminar on Pauline Oliveros. Following the seminar, Nichols, Bernstein, and I walked into the parking lot where we ran into none other than one of the greatest living saxophone players, Roscoe Mitchell, on his way to teach his history of jazz class to undergraduates the majority of whom probably didn't know their professor's significance. As if that wasn't enough, I then tried (unsuccessfully) to sneak into the recital hall where Laurie Anderson was rehearsing a new piece with the Kronos Quartet. It all seemed so normal when it happened, but for some reason I just realized how amazing that day was for me, a young scholar of expe ...
'Improvisations' by Roscoe Mitchell, John Edwards & Tony Marsh is brilliant. So much more than an epitaph for Marsh. A wonderful album.
“The mission undertaken by the FLUX players — Tom Chiu and Conrad Harris, violinists; Max Mandel, violist; Felix Fan, cellist — was something like tilting at windmills while mounted on tortoises and armed with feather dusters.” - Steve Smith, New York Times. Considered the ultimate masters of Morton Feldman’s 6-hour String Quartet from 1983, they have performed at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center, Walker Art Center, in Mexico at the Chihuahua International Arts Festival, and in Ireland at the Samuel Beckett Centenary Festival, among many others. Their recordings include a new Feldman CD up and coming from MODE Records, and other composer compilations on the Tzadik, Innova, Cantaloupe, and Cold Blue Music labels. FLUX Quartet has paved the way for all younger quartets focusing on similar repertoire. They move between the great works of Gyorgy Ligeti, Giacinto Scelsi, John Zorn, and Iannis Xenakis to avant jazz greats such as Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, and Roscoe Mitchell.  And ...
Balancing out the craziness of Roscoe Mitchell's Nonaah with the Elgar Cello Concerto. Performing Nonaah June7th at Benaroya Hall!
Roscoe Mitchell and David Wessel headlining a great weekend of improv at Cal!
I hope everyone who can is going to see Roscoe Mitchell at least once this week:
Love this opening track, a fine fusion of Funk and Avant-garde Jazz, featuring the two saxes of Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell combined with Lester Bowie'...
Robert Glasper, Roscoe Mitchell, Bill Frisell, Matthew Shipp, and others, as the best live music of 2012 in UK:
More musical divinity coming to Davis - pictured below is Roscoe Mitchell on the sax. He'll be appearing in Davis on Saturday October20th as part of the Davis Jazz and Beat Festival.
Saturday September 20th; at the John Natsoulas Gallery Roscoe Mitchell with Nancy Ostrovsky will perform.
Legendary jazz innovator Roscoe Mitchell joins Forum to talk about a lifetime of music at 10am:
David Sanborn. Born July 30th 1945. Sanborn was born in Tampa, Florida, and grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri. He suffered from polio in his youth, and began playing the saxophone on a physician's advice to strengthen his weakened chest muscles and improve his breathing. Alto saxophonist Hank Crawford, at the time a member of Ray Charles' band, was an early and lasting influence on Sanborn.[3] Sanborn performed with blues musicians Albert King and Little Milton at the age of 14, and continued playing blues when he joined Paul Butterfield's band in 1967, after attending the University of Iowa. Although Sanborn is most associated with smooth jazz, he explored the edges of free jazz in his youth, studying with saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Julius Hemphill. In 1993, he revisited this genre when he appeared on Tim Berne's Diminutive Mysteries, dedicated to Hemphill. He has been a highly regarded session player since the late 1960s, playing with an array of well-known artists, such as James Brown, Bryan Ferry, ...
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