Amina Claudine Myers
|Born||March 21, 1942|
Blackwell, Arkansas, United States
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, organ|
Amina Claudine Myers (born March 21, 1942) is an American jazz pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, and arranger.
Born in Blackwell, Arkansas,"Myers was brought up largely by her great-aunt, a schoolteacher, and her great-uncle, a carpenter by trade who played the clarinet, piano, and flute". She "started taking piano lessons around the age of four, and when she was seven, her family moved to Roosevelt, a black community outside Dallas. Myers took piano and violin lessons, but eventually, partly for financial reasons, settled on the piano, taking weekly lessons of fifteen minutes each." She began to learn some European classical music at high school, but this was interrupted when she and the family moved back to Blackwell.
Myers majored in music education at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.In her second year, she was invited to play at The Safari Room in Memphis, Tennessee. This engagement, however, was very brief, as her musical repertoire was too limited. After graduation, she moved in 1963 to Chicago, where she taught music at an elementary school. She also attended classes at Roosevelt University and worked with musicians such as Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons. She was one of the performers at the AACM's second concert. In the late 1960s, Myers added "Amina" to her name.
In 1976 Myers relocated to New York City,where she intensified her compositional work and expanded it into the realm of Off-Broadway productions. She also continued performing and recording as a pianist and organist. Around 1978 she began touring in Europe with the Lester Bowie Quintet and his New York Organ Ensemble.
With Muhal Richard Abrams
With the Art Ensemble of Chicago
With Arthur Blythe
With Lester Bowie
With Frank Lowe
With Maurice McIntyre
With Greg Osby
With Jim Pepper
With Third Rail (James Blood Ulmer & Bill Laswell)
With Henry Threadgill
With James Blood Ulmer
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