Source: The Wire.
Born in Copenhagen to Danish-Congolese parents, John Tchicai (1936–2012) started playing saxophone and clarinet in his teens. In 1962, he moved to New York, and went on to co-found the New York Art Quartet with Roswell Rudd, Milford Graves and Lewis Worrell. He performed with musicians such as Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp, played on John Coltrane’s Ascension, and eventually also became a yoga practitioner and teacher of jazz music. Another of his projects was titled John Tchicai & The Archetypes, a group which he formed with his then wife, Margriet Nabier, also the author of this new biography. This extract describes a performance in Cambridge with John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Tchicai’s first explorations into the possibilities of a large ensemble.