Source: Nameless Sound.
Amina Claudine Myers (New York, NY) – Hammond B3 organ and voice
Thursday, April 18, 2019
at TBH Center
333 South Jenson Dr.
The first-wave artists comprising the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) encompassed a breadth of what would later become the organization’s motto: “Great Black Music, From the Ancient to the Future”. The groundbreaking initiative of self-determining musicians was born in 1960’s Chicago, and its early members constituted a vital nexus of musically and geographically diverse histories and futures.
Among these first-wave artists, none expresses their deep roots in Southern African American traditions quite like the virtuosic, versatile and emotionally moving pianist, organist, vocalist and composer Amina Claudine Myers. Born in a small Arkansas town of about 250 and raised in Arkansas and Texas, Myers was only four years old when she began playing the piano. While a teenager, the young prodigy was directing choirs and playing organ in her Dallas area church, while also beginning her studies of European classical piano repertoire. Already an experienced professional when she started college, Myers began making jazz, r&b and gospel gigs while attending Philander Smith in Little Rock. At Philander Smith, she majored in music education, played in a college jazz ensemble and studied classical piano. In 1963, a public school teaching job brought Myers to Chicago. There, she would join the AACM, while also working as accompanist to such jazz greats as Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt.
For this appearance, we will experience Myers accompanying her own singing on Hammond B3 Organ. Bearing a voice with the depths of her gospel and the blues roots, and accompanying herself with virtuosic technique, Myers has earned critical acclaim for her vocal performances since her landmark 1980 release Amina Claudine Myers Salutes Bessie Smith.