Archie Shepp is a New York City native and alumnus of Goddard College. Archie started playing jazz in the early 60's and continues to dazzle audiences around the world playing tenor saxophone and piano, accompanied by his soulful voice.
Currently residing in Massachusetts, he teaches music history as a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Archie has collaborated with Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef, as well as countless other jazz greats. Mr Shepp received the distinguished New England Foundation for the Arts Achievement in Music Award in 1995.
In 2004, Archie Shepp has created his own label Archieball which produced First Take in duet with the pianist Siegfried Kessler recorded in May 2003 and Kindred Spirits getting together the Archie Shepp’s Quartet and The Dar Gnawa of Tanger in 2005.
In March 2007, he recorded in a French studio with his Quartet, Gemini.
Photo credits: Peter Necessany - R. Cifarelli - Emmanuel Blès - Monette Berthomier