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Born: 1937/05/24
Birth Place: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Years Active: 1960-present
Genres: Jazz

Archie Shepp (born May 24, 1937) is a prominent African-American jazz saxophonist. Shepp is best known for his passionately Afrocentric music of the late 1960s, which focused on highlighting the injustices faced by the black race, as well as for his work with the New York Contemporary Five, Horace Parlan, and his collaborations with his "New Thing" contemporaries, most notably Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane. Shepp also writes for theater; his works include ''The Communist'' (1965) and ''Lady Day: A Musical Tragedy'' (1972). Both were produced by Robert Kalfin and the Chelsea Theater Center.

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