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Connie Crothers on why she plays improvised music,

 

Pianist Connie Crothers offers insight on why she plays improvised music, her teaching philosophy, and more for Arts for Art’s interview series, Artist Talks.

Filmed and recorded at the Clemente NYC, 2015.
Film production by Moon Lasso: moonlasso.com/

About Connie Crothers

“Connie Crothers lived her adult life with an unwavering dedication to music, to improvisation, to social justice - particularly racial justice - and to community. She wasn’t just a “good person” she was a great human being. She was not only a good musician, she was a great musical artist. And she was my friend, supporting and understanding me as very few did because her cause was my cause and our cause.” - AFA founder Patricia Nicholson Parker

A lioness on the keyboard,” (Jazz Nu) Crothers was an active member of the New York jazz scene for over fifty years. She performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, the Berlin Jazztage, the New Music America festival, the Vision Festival, the Village Vanguard and other such venues throughout the city. She released recordings with the SteepleChase, Jazz Records, and New Artist Records [newartistsrecords.com/], the last of which she co-founded with composer/percussionist Max Roach. In later years, her quartet with Richard Tabnik, Roger Mancuso and Sean Smith received rave reviews. In the January 2000 issue of Cadence, she was chosen for inclusion in the selection of the most important and influential musicians in the last twenty-five years. conniecrothers.net/

Check out her discography: discogs.com/artist/775300-Connie-Crothers

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