Muhal Richard Abrams was an American educator, administrator, composer, arranger, clarinetist, cellist, and pianist in the free jazz idiom. In other words, he does it all! While his background is more traditional, with influences from Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and many others, he concentrated on Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson for composition. He started an Experimental Band in 1962 and became known for his far reaching harmonies and dissonance. Muhal has been critically acclaimed for the breadth, depth and originality of his music. He was a man with vision.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of traditional jazz and the artists who create it. Here you'll find videos, interviews, photos and a variety of material that is sure to grab your attention. This site is dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of "America's Classical Music."
- Ellington: Music Was Their Mistress – Pt. 2
- Ellington: Music Was Their Mistress – Pt. 1
- Days Of Auld Lang Syne
- The Christmas Show
- Discovering Muhal Richard Abrams
- Sharing With Sherry Winston
- Say Hello To Sergio Mendes
- A Chat With Charlie Elgart
- A Visit With Marlene VerPlanck
- After Hours With Joe Pass