Event Info

FREE FILM SCREENING & CONVERSATION:

The Sound Before the Fury, a 2014 documentary film about the making of saxophone legend Archie Shepp's GRAMMY-nominated album I Hear the Sound: Attica Blues Live, followed by a conversation with Archie Shepp and writer Greg Tate.

In January 1972, Archie Shepp recorded the album Attica Blues as an homage to the Attica prison rebellion, 40 years later he revisits this music. We follow him along with 25 musicians through days of intense rehearsal to the opening concert in Paris. The Sound Before the Fury interweaves this narrative with images from the rebellion, and interviews of the leaders recorded in 1972. We witness Shepp's determination to transmit, beyond the notes, the meaning and feeling of his music ; we discover the ties, some intimate, that the musicians have with the Attica events.

Jazz at Princeton University's Creative Large Ensemble, led by Darcy James Argue, will join special guest saxophonist Archie Shepp and vocalist Amina Claudine Myers to perform music from Shepp’s Grammy-nominated recording, “I Hear the Sound” on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:00PM. For more information about the concert and tickets, click here.

About the Artist:

Saxophonist, composer, pianist, singer, politically committed poet, and playwright Archie Shepp is a legend. Born in 1937 in Fort Lauderdale, he grew up in Philadelphia, majored in theater at Goddard College and in 1959 moved to New York where he associated with artists such as Leroy Jones (Amiri Baraka), Ishmael Reed, Bob Thomson and William White. Shepp also performed with some of the most important musicians of the sixties: John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Heath, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Frank Zappa, Chico Hamilton, and others. His professional career as a musician began in that decade when he made two recordings with Cecil Taylor. He created the New York Contemporary Five with John Tchicai and made four records for Savoy and Storyville. He recorded for Impulse and made 17 records among which Four For TraneFire Music, and Mama Too Tight are regarded as classics. His collaboration with John Coltrane materialized further with the recording of Ascension in 1965. Shepp was involved in the creation of the Jazz Composers Guild, formed by the trumpeter Bill Dixon, which was a major turning point in avant-garde music and included Carla and Paul Bley, Sun Ra, Roswell Rudd, Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler. In 1969 he began teaching music at the State University of Buffalo where he was the first acting director of their Black Studies program. In 1971 he began teaching at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2002. Since 2000 Mr. Shepp has performed frequently in Europe. Since 2004 he has released a number of albums including the 2013 GRAMMY-nominated I HEAR THE SOUND, a new recording of the renowned Attica Blues. In 2016, Shepp received the NEA Jazz Master Award. He continues to compose and record and is preparing a new album to be released in 2018.