Coleman, Ornette

Portrait
Born: Mar 09, 1930 AD
Currently alive, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Saxophonist


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.

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