I Am Archie Shepp, saxophonist, composer & politically committed poet. I have lived through and participated in the evolution of jazz since the 1960's & continue to highlight social injustices through my music - AMA
I have reformed a new Attica Blues Big Band composed of 26 young musicians (French & American) to commemorate my 1972 album "Attica Blues" which was dedicated to the victims of the Attica Prison Riots in NY in 1971 in order to release a Live Attica Blues Band Album this fall.
We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finalize the budget on this exciting project and I am eager to share this wonderful experience with the new generation, promote young talents as well as support the creation of independent jazz!
Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/archieshepp/attica-blues
Ask me anything about the project, my view on how jazz has changed since the 1960's, and anything else on your mind. I am looking forward to your questions!
EDIT: I had a lot of fun discussing with you all! I would like to thank all of you who took the time to come questions and share your passion for music with me. I had a great time on my first IAMA, lots of love from Paris, France.
For those of you interested, our campaign for the new Attica Blues Big Band Album runs until sunday and we will be releasing a new album in the fall, thanks again for coming!