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  Andrew Cyrille


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Andrew Cyrille

Andrew Cyrille, born Andrew Charles Cyrille on November 10, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York, is an American jazz drummer, best known for his eleven-year association with Cecil Taylor and his efforts in the avant-garde jazz music genre.

Cyrille, who began studying science at St. John's University while playing jazz in the evenings. He studied drums with Philly Joe Jones in 1958 and eventually left the university to study at the Juilliard School in New York City as well as the Hartnett School of Music throughout the early 60s.

Throughout his music career, Cyrille recorded a dozen jazz albums as bandleader, as well as performing and/or recording with the likes of Nellie Lutcher, Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, Walt Dickerson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and recorded with the likes of Cecil Taylor (1964-1974), David Murray, Irène Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Carla Bley, Butch Morris, Reggie Workman, Geri Allen, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Billy Bang, Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Dave Burrell, John Carter, Charlie Haden, Leroy Jenkins, Oliver Lake, David Murray, Horace Tapscott, the Bob Thiele Collective, and Nigerian master drummer, Babtunde Olatunji.

Beginning in 1969, Cyrille performed with a number of percussion groups which included such notable drummers as Kenny Clarke, Milford Graves, Don Moye, Rashied Ali, Daniel Ponce, Michael Carvin, and Vladimir Tarasov.

Having been an artist-in-residence and teacher at Antioch College (Yellow Springs, Ohio) from 1971 to 1973, Cyrille also taught at the Graham Windham Home for Children in New York. He is currently a faculty member at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Andrew Cyrille released an educational video in 1992, Jazz Methodology in Drum Music : In and Out of Meter, which is available from Alchemy Pictures. The video is based on nearly 100 jazz albums and 30 years of Cyrille's professional jazz drumming with artists like Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, etc., and offers the viewer a wide variety of information on playing the drum. The video covers such subjects as: independent coordination exercises with on-screen notation, table of time exercises, long note - short note technique, playing and talking free time, sound and effects with percussion, and brush techniques. In addition, he also discusses several original jazz compositions which are performed in a trio setting with guest artists Fred Hopkins and John Stubblefield.

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