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JARMAN, Joseph

(b 14 September 1937, Pine Bluff AR) Reeds, many other instruments; composer. Founder member of AACM and of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. To Chicago as a child, where he studied drums under Walter Dyett, then reeds in the U.S. Army. 'Imperfections In A Given Space' '65 was performed with John Cage; his theatre pieces include 'Tribute To The Hard Core' '66, 'Indifferent Piece For Six' '67. He plays on all the Art Ensemble records; compositions for that group on record include 'Ericka', 'Fanfare For The Warriors', 'Old Time Southside Street Dance', 'Ohnedaruth', many others. He is also heard on the Lester Bowie album Numbers 1 And 2 '67 (effectively an Art Ensemble album), Roscoe Mitchell LPs Nonaah '77, The Maze '78, all on Nessa; Together Alone '71 on Delmark (duo with Anthony Braxton). Own albums including Song For and As If It Were The Seasons '67-8 on Delmark (among the earliest and still exciting work from AACM musicians); solo set Sunbound '76 on AECO; Calypso's Smile on AECO compiling duets with Don Moye from '84 and '92; two-disc EgwuAnwu ('Sunsong') on India Navigation was a duo with Moye; The Magic Triangle '79 with Moye added Don Pullen, while Black Paladins and Earth Passage had Moye and others, all on Black Saint; Inheritance '83 with Moye, bassist Fred Hopkins, Geri Allen on keyboards was on Japanese Baybridge. Connecting Spirits '96 on Music and Arts was a duo with Marilyn Crispell, recorded in Madison WI. Quartet Out Of The Mist on Ocean was co-led by Leroy Jenkins, including Myra Melford and bassist Lindsey Horner. He is married to the playwright, journalist, novelist, poet and screenwriter Thulani Davis.