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Bill Dixon at AAJ, part 1 of 3

Trumpeter, composer and visual artist Bill Dixon almost always finds a way to provoke the thoughts and keyboards of the Bagatellen community. I got to spend a week with him in 2008, which was extraordinarily fruitful, even for a pre-existing fan such as myself. Though the saga of publishing the results isn’t something I’ll go into here – suffice it to say it developed from some “miscommunication” between myself and another publication – the article is now on offer for your perusal at All About Jazz here.

This is part 1 of a 3 part series. The second part will be an exclusive view of ten of his paintings, lithographs and drawings, and the third will consist of texts and excerpts from his manuscript “Vade Mecum.” These will also be at All About Jazz in the coming weeks.



3 comments for “Bill Dixon at AAJ, part 1 of 3”

  1. Nice job, Clifford. Much more to get your teeth into than the Wire article that appeared a while back. Bravo to you and BD.

    Posted by Dan Warburton | September 17, 2009, 10:59 am
  2. Wonderful to see this work in print, Clifford, particularly after all the ups and downs and silliness around publishing commitments. You will be happy to hear that the new 2CD/DVD work we recorded with Bill at Firehouse 12, Tapestries for Orchestra, is moments from completion. We hope to have product in hand in time for Bill’s birthday next month. Robert did a wonderful job on the DVD, which includes a short feature documentary and several pieces from the date filmed in entirety (along w/one composition only available on the DVD!). Taylor Ho Bynum and I wrote essays and Bill’s artwork, alongside photos by Nick Ruechel, is smashing, as usual.

    Posted by Stephen Haynes | September 17, 2009, 9:49 pm
  3. Taylor played here in April, with Milo Fine and a fantastic, way under the radar percussionist, Davu Seru. We spoke at length about Mr Dixon after the gig. Taylor was excited about this project, I was envious of the venue/advocacy entity/imprint that is Firehouse 12.
    I got hard core and heavy into Dixon’s sound world when Taylor was 5, so hearing tales of working with Mr. Dixon from younger improvisers now is a gas.
    Stephen, you were on what I recall being my first Dixon purchase, the great In Italy, Volumes I & II.
    Stoked to hear the work for orchestra. Dixon’s virtual obscurity in the American musical landscape is ridiculous.

    Posted by Jesse | September 17, 2009, 11:28 pm

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