Composer, pianist and singer Amina Claudine Myers is a part of the first generation of the famed Chicago collective the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Coming north from her native Blackwell, Arkansas, she was an unusual presence in the organization--not just as one of the few female members, but as a singer and songwriter willing to, at times, employ traditional song structures. Outside of the AACM, Myers has played in bands led by Gene Ammons
, Dexter Gordon
, Charlie Haden
, Bill Laswell
, Sonny Stitt
and James Blood Ulmer
, and has released nine albums as a leader. She continues to be an active member of the New York chapter of the AACM.
AAJ Contributor Kurt Gottschalk spoke with Meyers about her broad musical spectrum, working in theater and growing up in Texas, where she was exposed to everything from Mozart to the avant-garde.
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