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Jazz Composers Guild

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2002 |
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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Organization formed in 1964 by Bill Dixon; operating on a cooperative basis, it aimed to promote the performance of free jazz independently of nightclubs and booking agents. Founding members of the guild included Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, John Tchicai, Cecil Taylor, Dixon, Paul Bley, Carla Bley, and Mike Mantler. An associated ensemble, the Jazz Composers Guild Orchestra, was established under the leadership of Mantler and Carla Bley. After the guild dissolved in ...

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Subjects: Jazz ; Contemporary Music

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