Joe McPhee

Prominent figure, one of the most respected musicians in the world. The multi-instrumentalist (also composer and poet) began his career as a musician by taking trumpet lessons in a school band; later (1964-66) he played in a military band while stationed in Germany.

He made his debut relatively early: already in 1967 he recorded an album with Clifford Thornton and toured with Matt Jordan’s orchestra. At the end of the 1960s, he began to learn the saxophone himself, experimenting with solo recordings (unaccompanied) and attempting to lance his own ensembles (from 1969). The artist also realised himself as a lecturer of interesting courses (e.g. ‚Revolution in Sound’ at Vassar College in 1969-71). Being perceived as a jazz avant-gardist, he was willingly invited to join the ultra-modern projects of prominent innovators: he played with Clifford Thornton, Don Cherry, the legendary workshop Jazz Composers Orchestra (Carla Bley), in Europe (1975-77) he played with Steve Lacy.

He toured Europe with his own extreme avant-garde trio and led a group to which he invited prominent avant-garde musicians from the AACM (e.g. Joseph Jarman, Sunny Murray). Presenting an extremely innovative approach to the jazz tradition, he gave concerts in prestigious concert halls (from the noble Lincoln Center to a series of concerts in New York’s Knitting Factory club). He has toured and recorded extensively, making ‚guest’ appearances with the bands of Jimmy Giuffre, Raymond Boni, Anthony Cox, Bill Stewart, Charles Moffett, André Jaume, Daunik Lazro, Evan Parker.