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Ornette Coleman

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Birthday ***, 1930
Place of Birth Fort Worth, Texas
Death day June 11, 2015 (85 years old)
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Ornette Coleman

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman is an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer known to be the main founder of the free jazz genre, a term derived from the album Free Jazz: A Collective Random in his 1960's. His avant-garde performances often abandon structures based on bebop tuning and tuning, instead emphasizing the jarring and jarring approach to improvisation and avant-garde. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Coleman began his music career playing in local R&B and bebop bands, and eventually formed his own band in Los Angeles with members like Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Billy. Higgins. In 1959, he released the controversial album The Shape of Jazz to Come and began his permanent residence at the Five Spot jazz club in New York. His 1960 album Free Jazz will deeply influence the jazz trend this decade. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Coleman formed Prime Time and explored his funk and concept of harmonic music.

Birth name Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman
Born March 9, 1930, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Died June 11, 2015, New York City
Genres Avant-garde jazz, free jazz, free funk, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, violin, trumpet
Years active 1940s–2015
Labels Atlantic, Blue Note, Verve
Associated acts Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Bobby Bradford, Scott LaFaro, Billy Higgins, Ed Blackwell, Dewey Redman, Denardo Coleman, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Jamaaladeen Tacuma
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About Ornette Coleman

Free jazz saxophonist who won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his album Sound Grammar in 2007.

Ornette Coleman before fame

He was kicked out of the school band for adding his own flair to the music.

Achievement of Ornette Coleman

His timbre is recognized for its keening and crying blues sound.

Ornette Coleman family life

He married Jayne Cortez in 1954 and they had one child together.

Associations of Ornette Coleman

He was the sixteenth recipient of the Miles Davis Award.

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Latest information about Ornette Coleman updated on June 14 2021.