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Cyrille, Andrew (Charles)

Cyrille, Andrew (Charles), drummer, composer; b. Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 10, 1939. He was born to Haitian parents and was playing in a drum and bugle corps at St. Peter Claver School, Brooklyn, at 11; at 15 w. local trio with guitarist Eric Gale and Leslie Brathwaite - piano. Hesitated betw. chemistry and music as career, he enrolled at Julliard in 1958, around then worked w. Freddie Hubbard and took some lessons with "Philly" Joe Jones. He also studied at the Hartnett School of Music.

Pro. debut w. pianist/singer Nellie Lutcher, then Mary Lou Williams. Accompanied dancers, played for TV commercial w. Jimmy Giuffre, rec. w. Coleman Hawkins, Walt Dickerson, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Bill Barron, C. Haden. Worked w. Illinois Jacquet, Junior Mance, G. Moncur III, Howard McGhee, and others. In 1964 he succeeded S. Murray w. C. Taylor. This assoc. lasted until 1975, incl. a trip to Paris in 1966. They were in Paris again in 1969 and Cyrille recorded a solo album there. In 1971-3 the whole group was in residence at Antioch College.

Starting in 1969 Cyrille had begun organizing the first of several all-percussion groups for performances and recordings. He played a series of mid-'70s all-percussion concerts, Dialogue of the Drums, with Milford Graves, and with Rashied Ali. Cyrille was teaching and leading own group Maono, 1975 to 1980. Maono members included at various times David Ware, Sonny Smith, Ted Daniel, Lisle Atkinson, Sonelius Smith and Nick DiGeronimo. During the '80s he played in the Group with Billy Bang, Fred Hopkins, Sirone, Ahmed Abdullah and Marion Brown; and Pieces of Time, another all- percussion project, with Don Moye, Kenny Clarke and Graves.

Starting in 1988, he toured and performed around the world with Russian percussionist, Vladimir Tarasov . He toured the UK in 1990 with a trio including Mark Hewins and Paul Rogers playing a wide range of music. He continues to play and record solo and in various groups as leader and sideperson. Pieces of Time is still active and current members include Don Moye, Obo Addy, Tani Tabal, Okyerema Asante, and Cyrille. He has been part of Trio 3 with Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman, another trio with Marty Ehrlich and Mark Dresser, and a quartet with Roswell Rudd, Archie Shepp, and Workman.  He has taught at the Graham Windham Home for Children in New York and has taught at the New School University for many years.  

He has earned a number of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, including a commission  to create a work for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company in 1990, and in 1999 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for composition.

Recordings:
X Man                          (1993);
My Friend Louis                (1991);
Galaxies (w. Vladimir Tarasov) (1990);
Navigator                      (1982);
Andrew Cyrille Meets Peter BrStzmann (1982);
Special People                 (1980);
Junction                       (1980);
Celebration                    (1980);
Nuba                           (1979);
Metamusicians' Stomp           (1978);
Loop                           (1978);
Dialogue of the Drums          (1974);
What About                     (1969; solo)
C. Taylor: Conquistador (1966)
Pieces of Time:  (1982)
Walt Dickerson: This is Walt Dickerson (1961)
Ahmed Abdul-Malik: Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik (1961)
Jimmy Lyons: Other Afternoons (1969)
Trio 3: Open Ideas (2002); Encounter; Live In Wallisau
Andrew Cyrille and Jimmy Lyons: Burnt Offering
Andrew Cyrille/Richard Teitelbaum: Double Clutch
Coleman Hawkins: The Hawk Relaxes (1961)
Bill Barron: Hot Line (1962)
Marion Brown: Afternoon of a Georgia Faun
Grachan Moncur: New Africa
Geri Allen: The Printmakers
Carla Bley: European Tour 1977
Leroy Jenkins: The Legend of Ai Glatson; Space Minds/New Worlds David Murray: 3- D Family; Shakill's Warrior; Jazzosaurus Rex; Saxmen; Live '93 Acoustic Octofunk
Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree Volumes 1 &2; Aiee! The Phantom
Marty Ehrlich: Side by Side
Billy  Bang: A Tribute To Stuff Smith
Oliver Lake: Other Side; Edge-ing

Video:
He has an educational video available from Alchemy Pictures.

Bibliography:
Stephenson, Gene. "Conversation with Andrew Cyrille: Dialogue of the Drums." Black Perspective in Music 3, 1 (Spring, 1975): 53-58. Hank Shteamer, Andrew Cyrille: Bringer of Forms, All About Jazz (print version) May 2003
Valerie Wilmer: Cyrille-sim, in: Melody Maker, 29.May 1971 Anon: Keeping Time with Drummers. Andrew Cyrille, in: Jazz Forum, #47 (1977)
Ron Welburn: Andrew Cyrille. A Different Drummer, in: Jazz Forum, #55 (1978) Serge Loupien & GZrard Rouy: Andrew Cyrille. Tambour, danse et parole, in: Jazz Magazine, # 290 (Oct.1980)
Lee Jeske: Blindfold Test. Andrew Cyrille, in: Down Beat, 49/3 (Mar.1982) J. Gray: Andrew Cyrille (Interview), in: Coda, #199 (1984)
Bill Milkowski: Masters of the Free Universe, in: Modern Drummer, 16/12 (Dec.1992) Bob Rusch: Andrew Cyrille Interview, in: Cadence, 21/1 (Jan.1995); part 2, in: Cadence, 21/2 (Feb.1995)

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