Leroy Jenkins

Leroy Jenkins

born on 11/3/1932 in Chicago, IL, United States

died on 23/2/2007 in Brooklin, NY, United States

Leroy Jenkins (jazz musician)

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Leroy Jenkins (jazz musician)

Leroy Jenkins (March 11, 1932 February 24, 2007) was a composer and Avant-garde Jazz violinist and violist.[1]

Jenkins was involved in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) while a public school teacher in Chicago. He co-founded the Creative Construction Company with Anthony Braxton and others. He led the Revolutionary Ensemble and formed a trio with Anthony Davis and Andrew Cyrille.

During 1987 he toured Europe as part of Cecil Taylor's group.

He gained recognition for music-theatre works such as The Mother of Three Sons (written in collaboration with Ann T. Greene), Fresh Faust and The Negros Burial Ground (in collaboration with Ann T. Greene), and The Three Willies (in collaboration with Homer Jackson).


As leader

  • 1975: Swift are the Winds of Life (with Rashied Ali)
  • 1975: For Players Only (with Jazz Composer's Orchestra)
  • 1977: Solo Concert (India Navigation)
  • 1977: Lifelong Ambitions (Black Saint)
  • 1978: The Legend of Ai Glatson (Black Saint)
  • 1978: Space Minds, New Worlds, Survival America (Tomato Records)
  • 1979: Mixed Quintet (Black Saint)
  • 1979: Straight Ahead/Free at Last (Red Records)
  • 1984: Urban Blues (Black Saint)
  • 1992: Leroy Jenkins Live! (Black Saint)
  • 1994: Themes and Improvisations on the Blues
  • 1994: Solo (Lovely Music)

As sideman

With Muhal Richard Abrams

  • Mama and Daddy
  • Levels and Degrees of Light

With Anthony Braxton

  • This Time... (BYG Actuel, 1969)
  • New York, Fall 1974 (Arista, 1974)

With Alice Coltrane

  • World Galaxy
  • Universal Consciousness

With Creative Construction Company

  • Creative Construction Company (Muse, 1970)
  • CCC, vol. 2 (Muse, 1971)

With Carl Hancock Rux

  • Apothecary Rx (Giant Step, 2004)
  • Good Bread Alley (Thirsty Ear Records, 2006)

With the Jazz Composer's Orchestra

  • Relativity Suite (JCOA, 1973)

With Paul Motian

  • Conception Vessel (ECM, 1973)

With Dewey Redman

  • Coincide (Impulse!, 1974)

With Revolutionary Ensemble

  • Manhattan Cycles (India Navigation, 1972)
  • Vietnam (ESP, 1972)
  • The People's Republic (A&M, 1975)
  • The Psyche (Mutable Music, 1975)
  • Positions 369 (Karma, 1977)
  • The Revolutionary Ensemble Recorded Live at Moosham Castle (Inner City, 1977)
  • And Now... (Pi, 2004)

With Archie Shepp

  • Attica Blues
  • The Cry of My People
  • Black Gipsy

With Henry Threadgill

  • Too Much Sugar for a Dime


  1. [Leroy Jenkins (jazz musician) at All Music Guide Allmusic biography]

External links

  • Turning Corners: The Life and Music of Leroy Jenkins by Carl E. Baugher
  • Lovely Music Artist: Leroy Jenkins
  • AACM: Leroy Jenkins
  • Other Minds: Leroy Jenkins
  • Dialogue between 'Blue' Gene Tyranny and Leroy Jenkins
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