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Pheeroan Aklaff



Born in Detroit on January 27, 1955, Pheeroan akLaff heard the constant sound of his elder brother developing as a concert pianist. He also heard his Father's collection of Thelonious Monk, the Clifford Brown / Max Roach quintet, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. An exposure to Alice and John Coltrane, Pan African literature and Shakespeare began in High School with his teacher Chester Littlejohn, and inspired him to study Speech and Drama at Eastern Michigan University and to refine his interest in music.
In 1975 he moved to Connecticut and assembled the band DeJaVu with fellow Detroiter Dwight D. Andrews. This band brought a polarized university and local community together during a memorable and turbulent era. His ongoing tenure with Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake and Anthony Davis Pheeroan had established recognition with the New York Avant - Garde Jazz and Reggae scene. His drumming led him to recordings and European tours for a public that sharply contrasted the mainstream.
Throughout the Eighties and Nineties, Pheeroan performed and recorded with many of today's leading musical lights: Geri Allen, Anthony Braxton, Baikida Carroll, Anthony Davis, Andrew Hill, Oliver Lake, David Murray, Leo Smith, Cecil Taylor, Henry Threadgill, Mal Waldron, Yosuke Yamashita and a host of others.


Pheeroan Aklaff's records on clean feed
Interface
Setve Lehman's Camouflage Trio
Re:Action
Sean Conly
Things Have Got to Change
Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet
The Great Fine Line
Ricardo Gallo's Tierra de Nadie
 
     
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