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New York-based, Arkansas-born pianist Amina Claudine Myers is recognized for her luscious, soulful playing style that combines her blues, jazz, and gospel influences. During a multifaceted 50-year career as an accompanist, organist, vocalist, composer, and educator, Myers has released 11 recordings and worked with collaborators such as Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Archie Shepp. Following her Seattle performance, Myers makes her debut solo piano performance at the 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival.
Myers arrived in Chicago in the 1960s, finding creative kinship with the AACM, and later recording her first album with free-jazz tenor saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. Myers has since toured Europe with the Lester Bowie Quintet and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, and has been commissioned by the Chicago Jazz Institute to compose and direct an orchestral work in honor of great pianist Mary Lou Williams. Myers has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The New York Foundation for the Arts. Her new recording, Sama Rou – Songs From My Soul, derives a global sensibility from the idiom of the Great Negro Spiritual and moves it forward with “a predominately prayerful slow pace.”