Andrew Cyrille’s 21st Century Big Band Unlimited

Jazz at the Atlas

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Andrew Cyrille has performed with jazz artists ranging from Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Illinois Jacquet to Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, Walt Dickerson, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, among others. He also played with Nigerian drummer Babtunde Olatunji.  In 1964, he formed what would prove to be an eleven-year association with Cecil Taylor, a partnership that brought him new acclaim and established him  “as one of the most instinctively, musically, inventive drummers of the era.”

Cyrille has worked with many notable dance groups, most recently with Cleo Parker Robinson and her dance company.  He has organized several percussion groups including Dialogue of the Drums, Pieces of Time, Weights and Measures, which featured such distinguished artists such as Kenny Clark, Milford Graves, Famoudou Don Moye, Michael Carvin, Victor Lewis, Ghanian drummer, Obo Addy and Haitian drummer, Frisner Augustin. He has toured internationally with renowned Russian percussionist, Vladimir Tarasov.

A much in-demand drummer, Cyrille tours records and performs in the US and abroad.  He frequently  performs and records with Trio 3 (Oliver Lake/Reggie Workman/Andrew Cyrille).  He  leads his own  groups in various formations and performs in duo, trio and larger configurations with  luminaries such as Archie Shepp, Roswell Rudd, Marilyn Crispell , Geri Allen, Dave Burrell, Richard Teitelbaum, Irene Schweizer, Henry Grimes,  Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Anthony Braxton and Greg Osby.

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