If there’s one Jazz show that should not be missed- It’s this one: Jazz legend Ornette Coleman is performing at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on February 15, 2008. Honestly I can’t remember the last time Ornette ever played on the West Coast.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. I have missed many of my Jazz heros including: Trane, Miles, Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon, etc… I won’t be denied this time around. Hope you will join me for one of the most memorable nights of music.
Here’s a short bio of Ornette taken from his website at http://www.ornettecoleman.com
For more than five decades, saxophonist/composer Ornette Coleman has played a pivotally seminal role in American music. The inventor of what has been called "free jazz," Coleman belongs to that rare breed of artists/thinkers whose influence extends far beyond the realm of their chosen medium. Always putting his remarkable virtuosity at the service of melody and emotion, he has had and continues to have a powerful impact on how musicians play, improvise, and compose, on how music lovers listen, on the color and sound of music the world over.
While Coleman has led a wide variety of formations, from duos to symphony orchestras, electric and acoustic, his basic musical concept has been remarkably consistent. He is interested in writing and performing music that allows all players to give free reign to their imagination and ideas. His musical system, which he named harmolodics and now prefers to call "sound grammar," is a remarkable exercise in applied democracy. All voices are given equal weight; all musicians are free to make deep individual contributions while listening closely to one another, at once giving & taking space for their respective creativity.