Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

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The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is a non-profit organization, founded in Chicago, Illinois, by pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams, pianist Jodie Christian, drummer Steve McCall, and composer Phil Cohran.

The AACM is devoted "to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music," according to their charter. They support and encourage jazz performers, composers and educators. Their motto is, "Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future."

Early members included Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, Jack DeJohnette, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago: Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Famadou Don Moye, and Malachi Favors.

The AACM was formed in 1965 by a group of musicians centered around pianist Muhal Richard Abrams. The musicians were generally steadfast in their commitment to their music, despite a lack of performance venues and sometimes indifferent audiences. A music education program for inner city youths. In the 1960s and 1970s AACM members were among the most important and innovative in all of jazz, though the AACM's contemporary influence has waned some in recent years.

The musical endeavors of members of the AACM often include an adventurous mixing of avant-garde jazz, classical, and world music. The AACM also ran a school, The AACM School of Music, with classes in all areas taught by members of the AACM. The AACM also had a strong relationship with an influential sister organization, the Black Artists' Group (BAG) of St. Louis, Missouri.

The AACM has received aid from the MacArthur Foundation and has a strong relationship with Columbia College.

A partial list of many important jazz musicians who have been members of the AACM:

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