FREDERICK, MD-born Trumpeter/Composer/Bandleader/Educator/Recording Artist LESTER BOWIE (October 11, 1941 - November 8, 1999) grew up in ST. LOUIS, MO, and began taking trumpet lessons at the age of 5 from his father, who was a professional musician.
By age 15, LESTER BOWIE was directing his own band.
At age 17, he joined the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, and played gigs at small clubs in TEXAS.
In 1966, he moved to CHICAGO, where he worked as a studio musician, and met Muhal Richard Abrams and Roscoe Mitchell and became a member of the ASSOCIATION For The ADVANCEMENT Of CREATIVE MUSICIANS (AACM).
In 1968, LESTER BOWIE, ROSCOE MITCHELL, JOSEPH JARMAN, and MALACHI FAVORS founded the ART ENSEMBLE Of CHICAGO. He remained a member of this group for the rest of his life, and was also a member of Jack DeJohnette's New Directions quartet.
In 1984, he formed LESTER BOWIE'S BRASS FANTASY, a brass nonet in which Bowie demonstrated jazz's links to other forms of popular music, a decidedly more populist approach than that of the Art Ensemble. With this group he recorded songs made popular by Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Manson, and the Spice Girls, along with more "serious" material. His New York Organ Ensemble featured James Carter and Amina Claudine Myers.
In the mid 1980s, LESTER BOWIE was also part of the jazz supergroup The Leaders. Featuring tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, drummer Famoudou Don Moye, pianist Kirk Lightsey, and bassist Cecil McBee.
LESTER BOWIE passed away at his home in BROOKLYN, NY, due to complications from Liver Cancer on November 8, 1999.
In 2000, LESTER BOWIE was inducted into the DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE JAZZ HALL Of FAME.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LESTER BOWIE SUNDAY MORNING JAZZ!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And SUNDAY MORNING JAZZY BLESSINGS;