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PANEL: Chicago Slow Dance: The AACM in Conversation

Muhal Richard Abrams, Lincoln Beauchamp Jr., George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell

Published: 2011-09-27

Members of the AACM, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell and George Lewis participate in a panel moderated by Lincoln Beauchamp Jr. The members discuss how the AACM came to be, as well as their respective involvement in the group. The panel discusses the impact of the AACM both musically and non-musically, as well as taking questions from the audience.

Available Files

  • Chicago_Slow_Dance_full.mp4

    533 MB | video/mp4

  • Panel_Mitchell_Abrams_Lewis_Transcription.pdf

    132 KB | application/pdf


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