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Coleman, Ornette

Born: 1930 AD
Currently alive, at 88 years of age.
2.8 (55.24%) 21 votes

1930 – He was born on the 9th day of March this year in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.

1950 – He moved to Los Angeles. He worked at various jobs, including as an elevator operator, while pursuing his musical career.

1958 – He led his first recording session for “Something Else! The Music of Ornette Coleman”.

1959 – He abandoned the piano entirely for Tomorrow is the Question, a quartet that features Shelly Manne on drums.

1960 – He recorded Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, which featured a double quartet, including Cherry and Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet, Haden and LaFaro on bass, and both Higgins and Blackwell on drums.

1962 – He also continued to explore his interest in string textures – from the Town Hall concert.

1965 – He signed with legendary jazz record label Blue Note Records and released a number of recordings starting with the influential recordings of the trio At the Golden Circle Stockholm.

1966 – He was criticized for recording The Empty Foxhole, a trio with Haden, and Coleman’s son Denardo Coleman.

1967 – He has rarely performed on other musicians’ records. Exceptions include extensive performances on albums by Jackie McLean.

1970 – His music became more angular and engaged fully with the jazz avant-garde, which had developed in part around Coleman’s innovations.

1962 – He also continued to explore his interest in string textures – from the Town Hall concert.

1991 – He played on the soundtrack for Crone berg’s Naked Lunch; the orchestra which was conducted by Howard Shore.

2005 – His first album of new material in ten years, and was recorded in Germany.

2006 – He released a live album titled Sound Grammar with his newest quartet Denardo drumming and two bassists, Gregory Cohen and Tony Falanga.

2007 – He was honored with a Grammy award for lifetime achievement, in recognition of his legacy.

2.8 (55.24%) 21 votes