History of Jazz Timeline: 1985
Gil Evans is granted a honorary doctorate by the New England Conservatory on May 19.
Disagreements between Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul lead to the breakup of the
successful fusion group Weather Report.
Guitarist Pat Metheny collaborates with free sax player Ornette Coleman, bassist Charlie
Haden and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Denardo Coleman on Song X (Geffen).
Guitarists Larry Coryell and Emily Remler collaborate on Together (Concord).
On Cobra, recorded in 1985-86, alto sax player John Zorn
combines many styles of jazz in a novel "game piece" form of composition.
Kansas City blues shouter Big Joe Turner dies on November 24.
Boogie woogie piano player Lloyd Glenn dies on May 23.
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