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Eric Dolphy - 100% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 June 1928, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 29 June 1964, Berlin, Germany. A fluent performer on several reed instruments, Dolphy began to play clarinet while still at school. On the west coast of America in the second half of the 40s he worked with Roy Porter’s band, before spending a couple of years in the US army. After his discharge, he played with several leadin Read more

Albert Ayler - 98% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 July 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 25 November 1970, New York City, New York, USA. In common with many of the radical figures of the 60s avant garde, tenor and alto saxophonist Ayler paid his dues in R&B bands. He started his musical education on alto, and played in the church attended by his family. At the age of 10 he began studying at the local academy of music, c Read more

Cecil Taylor - 92% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1929, New York City, New York, USA. A towering figure in post-war avant garde jazz, Taylor has been hailed as the greatest piano virtuoso of the twentieth century because of the phenomenal power, speed and intensity of his playing. ‘We in black music think of the piano as a percussive instrument, ’ he told writer John Litweiler, ‘we beat the keyboard, Read more

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Art Ensemble Of Chicago - 64% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Founded in 1968 by trumpeter Lester Bowie (11 October 1941, Frederick, Maryland, USA, d. 9 November 1999, New York, USA), saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell (b. 3 August 1940, Chicago, Illinois, USA) and Joseph Jarman (b. 14 September 1937, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA) and bass player Malachi Favors (b. 22 August 1927, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 30 January 2004, Chicago, Illinois, U Read more

John Coltrane - 57% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John William Coltrane, 23 September 1926, Hamlet, North Carolina, USA, d. 17 July 1967, New York, USA. Coltrane grew up in the house of his maternal grandfather, Rev. William Blair (who gave him his middle name), a preacher and community spokesman. While he was taking clarinet lessons at school, his school band leader suggested his mother buy him an alto saxophone. In 1939 h Read more

Don Cherry - 55% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 November 1936, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, d. 19 October 1995, Alhaurín El Grande, Málaga, Spain. Cherry began playing trumpet while still attending high school in Los Angeles, where he was raised. He also played piano and some of his first public performances were on this instrument when he worked in R&B bands. An early musical associate was Billy Hig Read more

Andrew Hill - 54% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 June 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 20 April 2007, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. Port Au Prince, Haiti, is usually given as Hill’s birthplace, but he actually hailed from Chicago. He studied composition privately with Paul Hindemith and Bill Russo, and played accordion and tap-danced on the streets where Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines heard him. In his teens he was i Read more

Charles Mingus - 54% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sam Rivers - 54% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 September 1930, El Reno, Oklahoma, USA. Alto, soprano and tenor saxophone, flute and piano player and composer. After extensive studies, Rivers began playing in and around Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 40s. (His first professional engagement had been with Jimmy Witherspoon during his military service.) During the next few years he played mostly in the Boston area wit Read more

Archie Shepp - 52% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 May 1937, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Shepp was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While studying dramatic literature at college he began playing on various instruments including the alto saxophone. His first professional engagement was on clarinet and he later played tenor saxophone with R&B bands. Settling in New York he tried to find work as an actor but was Read more

Anthony Braxton - 50% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 June 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Braxton began playing clarinet in high school, studied music for one semester at Wilson Junior College, then joined the US Army, where he played clarinet and alto saxophone. In 1966 he joined Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (the AACM), a newly formed musicians’ co-operative whose leading members i Read more

Sun Ra - 46% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sonny Rollins - 44% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Walter Rollins, 7 September 1929, New York City, New York, USA. Although an older brother played violin and, at the age of nine, he took piano lessons, Rollins was destined for the saxophone. In 1944 he played alto saxophone in high school and when he left in 1947 he began gigging round New York on tenor. His first inspiration was Coleman Hawkins, but he was well aw Read more

Thelonious Monk - 43% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thelonious Sphere Monk, 11 October 1917, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA, d. 17 February 1982, Weehawken, New Jersey, USA. Monk’s family moved to New York when he was five years old. He started playing piano a year later, receiving formal tuition from the age of 11 onwards. At Stuyvesant High School he excelled at physics and maths, and also found time to play organ in Read more

Pharoah Sanders - 42% match to Ornette Coleman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Farrell Saunders, 13 October 1940, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. By the time he left high school Sanders was proficient on several instruments, but eventually chose the tenor saxophone. After working in R&B bands he settled in New York in the early 60s where he became a frequent musical associate of Don Cherry, Albert Ayler and others active in the ‘free jazz’ mo Read more


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