KE­LAN PHIL COHRAN

JAZZ VI­SION­ARY BORN 1927

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Born in St Louis, Phil Cohran played trum­pet with Clark Terry and Jay McShann be­fore get­ting drafted. Af­ter re­turn­ing to civil­ian life in Chicago, he joined the Sun Ra Arkestra from 1959 to 1961, ap­pear­ing on al­bums in­clud­ing In­ter­stel­lar Low Ways and An­gels And Demons At Play. In 1965, con­cerned by jazz’s pos­si­ble eclipse by rock, he co-founded the avant-garde As­so­ci­a­tion For The Ad­vance­ment of Cre­ative Mu­si­cians, a non-profit sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion whose mem­ber­ship in­cluded An­thony Brax­ton, Ge­orge Lewis, The Art En­sem­ble Of Chicago and more. In 1967, Cohran es­tab­lished the multi-dis­ci­plinary Afro-Arts The­ater, at­tended by Chaka Khan among oth­ers, and the Artis­tic Her­itage En­sem­ble, in which he played harp, brass, wood­wind and per­cus­sion with fu­ture mem­bers of Earth, Wind & Fire (an­other in­no­va­tion was the Frankiphone, aka the Space Harp, an elec­tric mbira of the type later used by Mau­rice White). In re­cent years he played with the Hyp­notic Brass En­sem­ble, formed by his sons, and was present for 2015’s 50-year AACM ex­hibit at Chicago’s DuSable Mu­seum of African-Amer­i­can History.

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