Lester Bowie

Trumpet Player

Birthday October 11, 1941

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Maryland

DEATH DATE Nov 8, 1999 (58)

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Member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and a co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Before Fame

He started playing trumpet when he was five years old and went on to collaborate with a wide variety of artists before co-founding the Black Artists Group in St. Louis.


He has performed with a variety of musicians and in a variety of different styles, including The Skatalites, a ska band.

Family Life

He married Fontella Bass, as well as becoming her musical director, in 1965; he was married to his second wife Deborah until his death in 1999.

Associated With

He was a critic of Wynton Marsalis because of Marsalis' conservative approach towards jazz.