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A socially and politically committed composer, pianist, singer, playwright and poet, a griot fighting to defend the civil rights of black people, spearheading Pan-Africanism, Archie Shepp, lord of the saxophone and living legend of jazz, on a par with Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane (with whom he collaborated for several years), is returning to the «Jazz à Juan» stage where he first performed in 1970. Ever since, rolling his eyes under his black felt hat, wild and free, as enthusiastic as ever about debates and music, he has been continuing his impressive career.
Archie Shepp grew up in Philadelphia, a town in which he knew the trumpeter Lee Morgan who lived in the same neighbourhood. It was the saxophonist Jimmy Heath who introduced him to this instrument, but above all John Coltrane’s playing which fascinated him the most and to which he has listened the most in the course of his life. In New York, transforming meetings into opportunities, he became one of the leaders and founders of free jazz with Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor. Very active in the 1960s, throughout his long and controversial career Archie Shepp has always distinguished himself for his political commitment and his fondness for the blues. «I am jazz: it’s my life,» he confides.