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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 enormously successful fusion group Weather Report.
Pat Metheny Ornette Coleman 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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