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In October, trumpeter Bill Dixon organizes a series of Free Jazz concerts called the October
Revolution at the Cellar Cafe in New York, featuring John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Ornette
Coleman and others. Out of this festival grows the Jazz Composer's Guild, which includes
Dixon, Archie Shepp, Roswell Rudd, Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley and Carla Bley, among others.
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.