p style=”text-align: justify;”>Ornette Coleman has died. He was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer, and at the time of his death he was eighty-five in New York om June 11, 2015. He was a self-taught alto saxophone player who was feted as an avant garde genius of jazz. He had an album in 1959 called The Shape of Jazz to Come and it was a groundbreaking hit in jazz history. He was also known for launching the free jazz movement and he,
never interested in labels, saying: “Music is an idea more than a style. All the styles – classical, funk, church – are played by exactly the same notes. Styles wear out like shoes.”
Coleman won the Pulitzer Prize for music with his recording Sound Grammar, following receiving the award, the saxophonist, trumpeter, violinist, composer, musical theorist and jazz revolutionary said:
“I was very surprised. Just like a kid getting a big toy or something. I had no idea that that would occur.”
He was Texas born, he was fourteen when he received his first saxophone. He worked with musicians Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Yoko Ono and Pat Metheny. He and poet Jayne Cortez were married and together they shared a son, Denardo, who is now a bandleader.