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Ornette Coleman Tribute at Blue Note NYC

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Dave Liebman & Friends Blue Note New York, NY June 23, 2015 It's not often one can claim a musician to have redefined the jazz landscape, but that's exactly what saxophonist Dave Liebman said of the late Ornette Coleman (1930-2015), subject of a spontaneous tribute at the Blue Note in New York. Since making his 1959 debut in that city's Five Spot Café, Coleman broadcast his grip on the genre at its very core, ...


Celebrating Ornette Coleman at the Painted Bride Art Center

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Denardo Coleman Group and Jamaaladeen Tacuma Band The Painted Bride Art Center Philadelphia, PA March 21, 2014 This concert was the second in a series curated by saxophonist, band leader, and composer/arranger Bobby Zankel entitled “Still the New Thing" honoring three icons of avant- garde jazz: Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Sun Ra on the occasions of their birth dates and anniversaries of key events in their careers. Jazz innovator Ornette Coleman ...


Ornette Coleman's Reflections on "This Is Our Music"

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Ornette Coleman Royal Festival Hall London June 21, 2009

Like the equally successful All Tomorrow's Parties festivals, London's Meltdown--now in its 16th year--leaves the artist selection process in the hands of a guest curator. Though past candidates have included such phenomenally original artists as Massive Attack and David Bowie, asking Ornette Coleman to oversee the 2009 event must still qualify as one of the festival's braver choices. And the line-up was appropriately impressive, from ...


Ornette Coleman Quartet at the Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington, Vermont

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Ornette Coleman Quartet Discover Jazz Festival, Flynn TheaterBurlington, Vermont June 6th, 2008

Ornette Coleman and his quartet were the headline act that closed the exceptionally successful 25th Annual Discover Jazz Festival, playing to an almost full house at the Flynn Theatre in downtown Burlington on June 7th 2008. The musicians walked on stage, bowed to the audience and proceeded to play non-stop for 70 enchanting minutes.

No introductions were made, no tune names were ...


Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman in London

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Cecil Taylor Trio with Anthony Braxton; Ornette Coleman Group Royal Festival Hall London, England July 8-9, 2007

Cecil Taylor Trio with Anthony Braxton

On June 8th, the Royal Festival Hall opened its doors again after a two-year refurbishment costing about £111m ($222m). Since then, its program has included classical music from the resident orchestras, and the rock and pop of Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown season, but no jazz... until now. When fans saw the ...


Ornette Coleman at the Skopje Jazz Festival, Macedonia

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Ornette Coleman Skopje Jazz Festival Skopje, Republic of Macedonia October 23, 2006

Each year the Skopje Jazz Festival manages to top itself. Whatever featured lineup gathers under the cover of the event's large umbrella, it always manages to surpass the previous year. The pattern has continued for the last 24 years, and this year's event, which included a celebration of the festival's 25-year existence, was no exception. Over these two and one-half decades ...


Ornette Coleman Ouartet In Philadelphia

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The appearance of the Ornette Coleman Quartet at Verizon Hall in Philly's state-of-the-art Kimmel Center was his first performance in the City Of Brotherly Love since 1988.

It was both a significant event and an artistic achievement of towering magnitude. The Coleman band, playing before a crowded and enthusiastic but not-quite-full house, let loose with a set of powerful, even visionary, jazz.

Regrettably, Ornette made no announcements of the names of the compositions, but the second song sounded a lot ...


Ornette Coleman Quartet

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Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor, MI March 19, 2004

Ornette Coleman’s acoustic jazz presentation was functional simplicity -- two basses and drum set creating a tapestry of sound that he’d play endless melodies upon.

The ensemble which performed an uninterrupted (no intermission) 10 piece and single encore set Friday evening had the poise and sonic balance of a string quartet imbued with the deeply creative, highly sophisticated shape shifting instrumental relationships to harmony, melody and rhythm Coleman’s ...

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