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Birth Name: Matthew Shipp
Born: 1960/12/07
Birth Place: Wilmington, DE
Years Active: 1987 -
Genres: Modern Creative, Free Jazz, Avant-garde Jazz, Free Improvisation, Post Bop

Matthew Shipp (born December 7, 1960) is an American pianist, composer and bandleader. Shipp was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and began playing piano at six years old. His mother was friend of trumpeter Clifford Brown. He was strongly attracted to jazz, but also played in rock groups while in high school. Shipp attended the University of Delaware for one year, then the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with saxophonist/composer Joe Maneri. He has cited private lessons with Dennis Sandole (who also taught saxophonist John Coltrane) as being crucial to his development. Shipp has been very active since the early 1990s, appearing on dozens of albums as a leader, sideman or... Continue Bio >>


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