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Lester Bowie

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October 11, 1941–November 8, 1999


One of the true trumpet greats.

Lester Bowie brought great energy, creativity and FUN to the instrument.

Raised musically in St. Louis, he went on to become a member of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and a co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

He was also one of the co-founder of the Black Artists Group (BAG) in St Louis.


Lester Bowie, trumpet
Jarle Førde, trumpet & flugelhorn
Jan Magne Førde, trumpet & flygelhorn
Runar Tafjord, french horn
Helge Førde, trombone
Stein Erik Tafjord, tuba
Egil Johansen, drums

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