Anthony Braxton Collection

Institution: University of Chicago Library - Special Collections Research Center
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1504
Phone: 773-702-8705
Fax: 773-702-3728
Date: 1973-1992
Extent: 1 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Anthony Braxton was born in 1945 and grew up on Chicago’s South Side. He studied saxophone studies under Jack Gell and attended Wilson Junior College, a fertile ground for jazz experimentation. In 1966, Braxton sought out and joined the newly-formed Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). He formed his own quartets and trios with musicians such as Leroy Jenkins, Thurman Barker, Charles Clark, Kalaparush, and Leo Smith while also playing in groups led by AACM members like Ajaramu, Amina Myers, and Muhal Richard Abrams. Although greatly influenced by John Coltrane, Braxton quickly developed his own voice. In June 1969, Braxton accepted an invitation from the BYG label to play in Paris. In Paris, Braxton played with “The Art Ensemble of Chicago,” comprised of Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Bowie, Malachi Favors, and Lester Bowie and also recorded with European based musicians like Gunther Hampel and Jacques Coursil. Braxton formed his own group sometimes called the “Anthony Braxton Quartet” or the “Creative Construction Company.” He is currently a tenured professor at Wesleyan University.

Scope and Content Note:
The Anthony Braxton Collection contains concert and lecture ephemera as well as a score titled L/C-J-637 (for orchestra). The concert ephemera are from performances given at Getz Theatre in Chicago and the lecture ephemera are from lectures given at Southend Musicworks located in Chicago. There are also photocopied music scores of Braxton.

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