Tracking The Odds: Joseph Jarman (Audio)
Jazz legend, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Jarman appears here in a 1995 concert at Roulette with pianist Myra Melford and guitarist Mikele Navazio. In the early sixties in Chicago Jarman joined the Experimental Band organized by composer and pianist Muhal Richard Abrams along with Malachi Favors and Roscoe Mitchell, two of his later collaborators--plus Lester Bowie--in the Art Ensemble of Chicago. In addition to a remarkable career as a musical innovator and collaborator, Jarman pursues a rich spiritual life. In 1990, he was ordained a Buddhist priest and took the name Shaku. That year, he founded, along with his wife, writer Thulani Davis, the Brooklyn Buddhist Association.