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Futterman, Joel (David)

Futterman, Joel (David), pianist, curved soprano saxophone, wooden flutes, educator, author; b. Chicago, IL, 30 Apri 1946.  Grew up and lived in Chicago with his mother (born Edythe Greenberg, 1915) his father (born Sol Futterman, 1915) his brother (Ronald, b. 1943) and his grandmother (b. Ella Greenberg, 1888).

 Joel had piano lessons from about age 9-11, then continued playing on his own, eventually studying theory and harmony with Alan Swain.  Joel met Clarence (Gene) Shaw when he was 18 and studied with Clarence for 3 years.  Clarence was an important influence at the time.  One night Clarence invited Joel to his home for a party.  He introduced Joel to Charles Mingus.  Joel recalls that Mingus gripped his hand firmly and stared up at the ceiling.
Joel attended University of Illinois in Chicago obtaining a (B.S.) Professor of political science, Herman Finer, was a profound influence.  When Joel's mother passed away, while Joel was in college, he isolated himself and began practicing 12-to 16 hours a day.  Practicing was the only comfort for him at this time.

Joel attended Northeastern University in Chicago and worked on a MS in Ed.  He was nine hours short of receiving the degree when he decided to leave Chicago.  Joel did receive an MS in Education with an endorsement in Reading at Old Dominion University in 1975. He married Nancy Osterhaus (now Futterman).  His children are Demian (b.1973) and Eupheni (b. 1977). Joel began to play with Chicago musicians.  From 1964 to 1969, Joel played bebop and other forms of jazz in various settings.  In 1970 Joel began to musically interact with some members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM).  Joel favors such pioneers as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Eric Dolphy.

In 1972, Joel and Nancy moved to Virginia, where he resides today.  Since jod first album in 1980, his recordings have included a number of jazz legends, such as Jimmy Lyons, Richard Davis, Hal Russell, and others.  In 1994, photographer Michael Wilderman introduced Joel to Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, and since then Joel has enjoyed many rewarding musical collaborations with Kidd and his partner, drummer Alvin Fielder.


BOOKS
Creative Patterns (1973) (The Creative Process/ Improvisation)
The Design (1995) (A riveting mystery that deals with existentialism and the ability to become conscious)

DISCOGRAPHY

Cafeteria Joel Futterman Solo Piano 1979
The End Is The Beginning Joel Futterman Piano; Robert Adkins, Drums 1980
In-Between Position(s) Joel Futterman, Jimmy Lyons, Robert Adkins 1982
Passage Joel Futterman, Karen Borca, Derwin Holder, Robert Adkins 1984
Inneraction Joel Futterman, Jimmy Lyons, Richard Davis, Robert Adkins 1984
Inner Conversations Joel Futterman, Jimmy Lyons, Richard Davis, Robert Adkins 1984
Moments Joel Futterman, Jimmy Lyons, Karen Borca, Robert Adkins 1985
Vision In Time (Joel Futterman, Richard Davis, Joseph Jarman, and Robert Adkins 1988
Inner Conversations Joel Futterman, Jimmy Lyons, Richard Davis, Robert Adkins 1990
Naked Colors Joel Futterman, Hal Russell, Jay Oliver, Robert Adkins 1990
Berlin Images Joel Futterman, Raphe Malik, Robert Adkins 1991
To The Edge Joel Futterman, Raphe Malik, Robert Adkins 1991
Silhouettes Joel Futterman 1995
Love Remembered Joel Futterman, Kim Russell Siebert 1995
Nickelsdorf Konfrontation Joel Futterman, ‘Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder, Mats Gustafson Barry Guy 1995
Revelation Joel Futterman, ‘Kidd’ Jordan 1995
Alabama Joel Futterman, Greg Foster 1995
New Orleans Rising Joel Futterman, ‘Kidd’ Jordan, Alvin Fielder, Elton Heron 1996
Southern Extreme Joel Futterman, ‘Kidd’ Jordan, Alvin Fielder 1997
Authenticity Joel Futterman, William Parker, Jimmy Williams 1998
Relativity Joel Futterman, Jimmy Williams 1998
Intercoastal Blues Joel Futterman, Bruce Hyman 1998
Who Are You Joel Futterman-Curved Soprano/Flutes 1999
New Orleans Festival Suite ‘Kidd’ Jordan, Joel Futterman, William Parker, Alvin Fielder 1999
Paul Murphy/Joel Futterman Quartet Paul Murphy, Joel Futterman Vattel Cherry, Jimmy Williams 2000
As Of Now Joel Futterman, Jimmy Williams 2000
Interview Joel Futterman, Ike Levin, Randall Hunt 2000
The Present Gift Joel Futterman / Ike Levin 2001
Lifeline Joel Futterman, Ike Levin, Kash Killion 2001
Sweet Silence Kim Russell Siebert, Joel Futterman, ‘Kidd’ Jordan 2000
Live At Noe Valley Joel Futterman, Ike Levin, Kash Killion 2002
Live At Tampere (‘Kidd’ Jordan, Joel Futterman, Alvin Fielder 2000
Dyami Joel Futterman, Jimmy Williams, Vasili Simmons 2002
Enarre Paul Murphy, Joel Futterman, Kash Killion 2002
Prayer For Peace Joel Futterman, Anthony Mirabile 2003
Resolving Doors Joel Futterman, Ike Levin, Alvin Fielder 2005
Coherence Joel Futterman, Benji Tomassetti 2006
Enigma Joel Futterman, Ike Levin, Benji Tomassetti 2006
Live At The Blue Monk Joel Futterman, Ike Levin, Alvin Fielder 2006
Possibilities Joel Futterman Ayler Records 2006
Athena Joel Futterman, Greg Foster 2007
Breakaway Joel Futterman, Paul Murphy, Jere Carroll 2007
Live In Baltimore Joel Futterman, Ike Levin 2007
Traveling Through Now Joel Futterman, Ike Levin, Alvin Fielder 2008
Volume 1 Joel Futterman Piano 2008
Volume 2 Joel Futterman Piano 2008
Volume 3 Joel Futterman Piano 2008
Volume 4 Joel Futterman Piano 2008
Volume 5 Joel Futerman Piano 2008
Existence Joel Futterman Curved Soprano Saxophone 2008
Blues Here And Now Now Joel Futterman 2008
On The Blink Of A Precipice Joel Futterman, Derwyn Holder 2008
Spectrum Joel Futterman 2008
Transcending To Relaxation Joel Futterman 2009
Journey In The Now Joel Futterman 2009
Transition 1 Joel Futterman 2009
Transition 2 Joel Futterman 2009
Albert’s Bells Joel Futterman 2009

TELEVISION / RADIO:

WTKR TV Norfolk (Performance) (1981)
WNUR Northwestern University (1990) (Hal Russell, Joel Futterman Interview
Sweden Public Radio (1992)
Berkley Radio KPFA (Interview Joel Futterman, Ike Levin, Kash Killion (2002)
New Orleans W   (Interview Joel Futterman, 'Kidd' Jordan, Alvin Fielder (1996
Norfolk WHRO Public Radio (1986, 87)
Berlin Radio (1992)
Tampere, Finland Radio (2000)

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Joel Futterman, Creative Patterns (a book about the creative process and improvisation) 1973.
Idem, The Design (a mystery that deals with existentialism and the ability to become conscious) 1995
Down Beat
Coda (July/ August 1992 ISSUE 244
Cadence (March 1992 Vol.18 No.3
University of Chicago Weekly (1970)
Virginia Pilot 1984)
Virginia Ledger Star (1984)
Chicago Tribune
The Windy City Times (April 23,1992)
Chicago Reader (April 24, 1992)
Village Voice
Jazz Forum (1992)
Jazz Beat (1993)
Berlin News (1993)
Halmstad Post (July, 1994)
The Leader Within, interview

Website:
www.joelfutterman.com

Contact information:
E-Mail creationmusic@cox.net

 

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