Ornette Coleman and Free Jazz

Who was Ornette Coleman Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer known as a principal founder of the free jazz genre, a term derived from his 1960 album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. Characteristics of Free Jazz Listening to the other sub-genres of jazz all have similar characteristics. The […]

The Man of Free Jazz: Ornette Coleman

The Man of Free Jazz: Ornette Coleman What is Free Jazz? Free jazz, developed in the late 1950s & early 1960s, is a subdivision of the traditional jazz that was established in New Orleans years before. Free jazz was created in an attempted to change or break down jazz norms. These musicians believed that the music before this […]

“The Prophet of Freedom” – Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman       Ralph Denard Ornette Coleman was born on March 19, 1930 in Fort Worth, TX.  Coleman married poet and activist, Jayne Cortez in 1954.  Although they were divorced in 1964, they became parents to a son Denardo Coleman who became a drummer.  Coleman became known as a leading and driving force […]