Thursday 11 June 2015
Ornette Coleman 1930 - 2015
Ornette Coleman, one of Jazz's most innovative and unique voices, has died aged 85. A representative of his family reported that Coleman suffered a cardiac arrest in the morning of Thursday June 11th.
A major contributor to the free jazz movement in the 1960s, his approach to melody and harmony inspired generations of jazz musicians and works of his like The Shape of Jazz To Come are celebrated as seminal recordings in jazz history. In 2007, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album Sound Grammar.
Tributes and full obituaries are expected in the jazz media across the world in the coming days.