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Ornette Coleman

American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer (1930-2015)

Ornette Coleman

American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer (1930-2015)
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birthday
9th
March, 1930
Death
11th
June, 2015
Birth Place
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Birth Sign
pisces
Biography

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 – June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer known as a principal founder of the free jazz genre, a term derived from his 1960 album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. His pioneering performances often abandoned the chordal and harmony-based structure found in bebop, instead emphasizing a jarring and avant-garde approach to improvisation.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Coleman began his musical career playing in local R&B and bebop groups, and eventually formed his own group in Los Angeles featuring members such as Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins. In 1959, he released the controversial album The Shape of Jazz to Come and began a long residency at the Five Spot jazz club in New York City. His 1960 album Free Jazz would profoundly influence the direction of jazz in that decade. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Coleman formed the group Prime Time and explored funk and his concept of Harmolodic music.
Coleman’s “Broadway Blues” and “Lonely Woman” became genre standards and are cited as important early works in free jazz. His album Sound Grammar received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Music.AllMusic called him “one of the most important (and controversial) innovators of the jazz avant-garde”.

instruments played
alto
saxophone
Tenor
trumpet
violin
Associated Acts

Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Bobby Bradford, Scott LaFaro, Billy Higgins, Ed Blackwell, Dewey Redman, Denardo Coleman, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Jamaaladeen Tacuma

Birth Name

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman

Genres

Avant-garde jazz, free jazz, free funk, jazz fusion

Labels

Atlantic, Blue Note, Verve

Occupations

Musician, composer

Years Active

1940s 2015

Name

Ornette Coleman

Nationality

United States of America

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