Roscoe Mitchell

Roscoe Mitchell



Roscoe Mitchell (born August 3, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American composer, jazz instrumentalist, and educator, known for being "a technically superb – if idiosyncratic – saxophonist."[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz described him as "one of the key figures" in avant-garde jazz;[2] All About Jazz states that he has been "at the forefront of modern music" for the past 35 years.[3] Critic Jon Pareles in The New York Times has mentioned that Mitchell "qualifies as an iconoclast."[4] In addition to his own work as a bandleader, Mitchell is known for cofounding the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).



Rolls Royce
Rolls Royce is a song by Illinois, released on October 9, 2016.
L-R-G / The Maze / S II Examples
L-R-G / The Maze / S II Examples is an album by American jazz saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell recorded in 1978 and released originally as a double LP on Nessa Records.
Sound is the debut album by free jazz saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, recorded in 1966 and released on the Delmark label.
Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3
Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3 is a live album by jazz saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell recorded in Germany in 2004 and released on the ECM label.

Photos - Roscoe Mitchell26

Popular Albums28

Album Appearances & References35

Popular Live Albums4

Live Album Appearances & References14

Popular Songs5

Musical Group References2

Book References & Influences1

Music-Related Relationships20

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships2


Spotify - Albums & Singles9


Spotify - Appears On9


Spotify - Top Tracks10


Upcoming Concerts1

News Articles7

Roscoe Mitchell’s ‘Bells for the South Side’
  –  August 7, 2017
Their motto — “Great Black Music: Ancient to the Future” — was startling ... the new album by their former colleague Roscoe Mitchell, the great saxophonist and composer. This 2CD set was recorded live in September 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary ...
Roscoe Mitchell ‘Bells for the South Side’ 2CD (ECM) 4/5
  –  July 12, 2017
this is nonetheless uncompromising and ever on the edge music that enters into free jazz territory, and for a seventy-six year old leader, that is no mean feat. Roscoe Mitchell is now Chair of musical composition at Mills College in California, though this ...
Roscoe Mitchell - Bells for the South Side (ECM, 2017)
  –  July 8, 2017
The music is a summation of the amazing impact that Roscoe Mitchell has had on modern music, both as a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and his many solo recordings and collaborations. This double album opens with “Spatial Aspects of the ...
Composer Roscoe Mitchell's influence cuts across many genres
  –  July 2, 2017
Blending jazz improvisation, post-John Cage modernism, funk and the occasional touch of rock, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its co-founder, Roscoe Mitchell, made good on the ambition of its motto: ‘‘Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future.’’
Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side *
  –  June 30, 2017
Roscoe Mitchell contrasts and - for the first time - combines the ... Multi-instrumentalist and composer Mitchell had been invited to premiere new music at the museum and offers what amounts to a composer self-portrait in continually changing colors ...
Mills College’s Plan to Ax Jazz Legend Roscoe Mitchell Draws International Outrage
  –  June 21, 2017
Mills College intends to lay off seminal composer and improviser Roscoe Mitchell, due to the school's budget crisis — and the international music community is incensed. In May, the historic college announced emergency measures — namely, restructuring ...
The Necks, Linda Catlin Smith, Francois Bernard Mache, Roscoe Mitchell
  –  May 20, 2017
Legendary Australian trio The Necks improvise with Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with an exploration into the zones between improvisation, post-rock, jazz, ambient, and orchestral music. Saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell has been at the ...

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