Birthplace: Frederick, MD
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Cancer - Liver
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Occupation: Jazz Musician
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Influential jazz trumpeter
Lester Bowie was one of the most adventurous and proficient manipulators of the trumpet, having made use of everything from strict melodic lines to abstracted explosions of sound. In his early years he played in bands directed by performers such as Albert King and Little Milton, but it was after moving to Chicago in 1965, initially to work as music director for his then-wife Fonatnella Bass, that his individual style began to fully develop. He became a member of the newly-established Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and it was through this he met the musicians with whom he went on to form the radical Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Bowie remained active with the Ensemble until his death in 1999, but worked with a variety of other musicians over the years (even making an appearance on one of David Bowie's records in 1993). His own projects included the eclectic fusion group From the Root to the Source and the popular, all-brass big band Brass Fantasy.
Brother: Joseph Bowie (musician)
Wife: Fontella Bass (div.)
Art Ensemble of Chicago 1969-
From the Root to the Source
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