Personalities | John Zorn | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Alto saxophone, composer, b. 1953)

New Yorker John Zorn deconstructed bebop themes in the late 1970s and created musical games that dictated improvisational structures. He plays assertively in bands such as Masada, purveying electric funk, Japanese pop and punk rock. Zorn has encouraged other renegade musicians by establishing music policies at venues and curating international festivals. As principal of Tzadik Records, he jump-started the avant-garde klezmer and ‘Radical Jewish Culture’ movements. He remains a prolific composer and has also branched into film soundtracks and chamber music.

Styles & Forms | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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