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Master class: Barry Altschul

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Free and open to the public.

Legendary free-jazz drummer Barry Altschul presents a master class.

Barry Altschul was a largely self-taught drummer until 1960, when he began study with Charlie Persip. From 1964 until 1970, Altschul played regularly with pianist Paul Bley; their relationship continued intermittently through the 1970s and 1980s. In 1969, he studied with Sam Ulano. Altschul was a member of the Jazz Composer's Guild and the Jazz Composer's Orchestra Association from 1964 to 1968. He spent a portion of the 1960s playing mainstream jazz in Europe. In the early 1970s, Altschul was the drummer for Circle—a band (with a membership that also included Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Anthony Braxton) that might possibly have been the most technically adept free jazz ensemble ever. Altschul's drumming with that band was stylistically all-encompassing thanks to his background in traditional jazz styles, which gave him a solid grounding to build his free playing. During this time, he recorded with the individual members of Circle. In 1972, under Holland's leadership, Altschul recorded the classic album Conference of the Birds with Braxton and saxophonist Sam Rivers. Around this time, he also made records with Bley, bassist Alan Silva and pianist Andrew Hill, among others. In the 1980s, Altschul made records of his own for Soul Note and continued his sideman work with such musicians as the Russian-born pianist Simon Nabotov and Kenny Drew, Sr. Altschul has played or recorded with many musicians, including Roswell Rudd, Dave Liebman, Andrew Hill, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes and Lee Konitz.

Co-presented by
Earshot Jazz

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Free and open to the public.