Ornette Coleman died Thursday, at the age of 85. Listen to a pair of conversations with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet — Don Cherry and Charlie Haden — and his son, Denardo Coleman.
This month composer and jazz musician Ornette Coleman celebrates his 70th birthday. We’ll hear from him and his son Denardo Coleman. In 1959 Coleman changed the course of jazz with the start of "free jazz" and the formation of The Ornette Coleman Quartet. We will also hear from members of Coleman’s original Quartet: bassist Charlie Haden and the late trumpeter Don Cherry. REBROADCAST from 7/11/9 (from interviews aired: 11/26/1985, 9/12/1990, and 10/24/1995)
This summer New York's Lincoln Center pays tribute to jazz legend Ornette Coleman with "? Civilization: A Harmolodic Celebration" July 8-11, a series of concerts which features him and other musicians including Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins who with Don Cherry in 1959 and Coleman changed the course of jazz with the start of "free jazz" and the formation of The Ornette Coleman Quartet. Today's show features archive interviews with: