In 1964, he performed on what many to consider to be the first AACM concert which featured Fred, Billy Brimfield (trumpet), Joseph Jarman (woodwinds), Arthur Reed (drums), Charles Clark (bass). The first formal meetings of the AACM occured in mid-year of 1965, and Fred was an early member. Fred recalls, "I was at one of the earlier meetings. I think it was the first or second meeting.
We sat down and talked about it. They drew up this charter, a not-for-profit charter, a nonprofit charter. That's how it began. Muhal already had that Experimental Band.
The idea was to be able to approach the music in a different way, to write your own music". Through his years of performing, Fred has participated in, and lead, many unique and creative ensembles. In the 1970's Fred Anderson's collective featured some of the stellar musicians working in music including: George Lewis (trombone), Douglas Ewart (woodwinds), Hamid Drake (percussion), Adegoke Steve Colson (piano), Felix Blackmon (bass), Iqua Colson (vocal). Thinking back on this period, Fred remembers, "-it wasn't like I was telling them. We were doing it together.
They were inspiration to me and maybe I inspired them..... I just thought about us all playing together. I didn't think about me being a teacher..... Everything was done on the bandstand." Fred Anderson died on June 24 2010. http://aacmchicago.org/ Read more on Last.fm.
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