Futterman, Joel

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Futterman, Joel

Futterman, Joel, jazz pianist, soprano saxophonist, Indian flutist; b. April 30, 1946 in Chicago. He studied privately in Chicago, then at age 17 or 18 he met Gene (Clarence) Shaw, with whom he played and studied. He earned his B.S. at the Univ. of 111. in Chicago and his M.S.Ed, at Northwestern Univ. He left Chicago in 1972 and relocated to Virginia Beach, Va., and studied at Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, Va. He independently produced albums with Jimmy Lyons, Richard Davis, and others, usually with drummer Robert Adkins; he frequently performed at European festivals and recorded. He joined with Edward Kidd Jordan and Alvin Fielder in 1994 to form a performing trio. He has also played with Jimmy Garrison, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jimmy Lyons, Joseph Jarman, Nina Simone, Frank Foster, and Ira Sullivan.


Cafeteria (1980); Moments (1981); The End Is the Beginning (1981); In-Between Positions (1982); Inneraction (1984); Vision in Time (1990); Inner Conversations (1990); Moments (1990); Passage (1991); Berlin Images (1992); Naked Colours (1994); Silhouettes (1995); Nickelsdorf Konfrontation (1996); New Orleans Rising (1997).

—Lewis Porter