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AACM 50th Anniversary

Jez Nelson presents a special programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of pioneering Chicago-based organisation the Association of the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

A special programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of pioneering Chicago-based collective the AACM, featuring selected performances by AACM members from the Jazz on 3 archives.

Founded in 1965 with the aim of 'nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music', the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) was at the forefront of the experimental jazz movement in the 1960s and '70s and continues to champion the avant-garde today.

Key members from across the decades include pianist and co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams, reeds player Anthony Braxton, drummer Jack DeJohnette and musicians from the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Improvising pianist and AACM obsessive Alexander Hawkins joins Jez Nelson in the studio to mark the collective's half century and to pay tribute to its far-reaching influence.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Art Ensemble of Chicago


    • Ancient to The Future.
    • DIW.
  • Tomeka Reid Quartet

    Samo Swing

    • Tomeka Reid Quartet.
    • Thirsty Ear.
  • Henry Threadgill's Zooid


  • Art Ensemble of Chicago


    • Fanfare for the Warriors.
    • Atlantic.
  • Muhal Richard Abrams

    March of the Transients

  • Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre

    Kcab Emoh

    • Humility In The Light Of The Creator.
    • Delmark Records.
  • Amina Claudine Myers Trio

    Dirty No-Gooder’s Blues

    • Amina Claudine Myers Salutes Bessie Smith.
    • Leo Records.
  • Anthony Braxton

    Composition 343

  • Art Ensemble of Chicago


    • Chi-Congo.
    • Decca Records.
  • Black Top

    Hope Is A Lifestyle

  • Louis Moholo, Lester Bowie, Orphy Robinson & The African Drum Orchestra

    Pa Krie

  • Equal Interest Nonet

    Lester B: The Voice

  • Wadada Leo Smith

    Green Trumpet

The Art Ensemble of Chicago

The Art Ensemble of Chicago
Copyright Jacky LePage


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