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2008 Event Media Release - Ornette Coleman


One of the last of the truly imposing figures from a generation of jazz players that was full of them. New York Times

• Winner - 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Music (Sound Grammar)
• Winner – 2007 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
• Winner – 2007 Jazz Journalists Association Award in four categories.

This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see one of the great jazz legends of our time perform ONE SHOW ONLY in the renowned Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
For more than five decades, alto saxophonist/composer, Ornette Coleman, has played a seminal role in American music. Coleman belongs to that rare breed of artists/thinkers whose influence extends far beyond the realm of their chosen medium.

Starting with his pioneering album Free Jazz in the 1960s, he put a name to the revolutionary movement that has steered the course of modern jazz and influenced a generation of musicians.

Described as the most recognisable sound on the planet (BBC), Coleman’s unorthodox playing has been emulated but never equalled by a tide of musicians, drawing collaborations with people as diverse as jazz/rock guitarist, Pat Metheny, and the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia.

Now aged 77, his presence is as vibrant and creative as ever. In 2007 he became only the second jazz artist to earn a Pulitzer Prize for Music, for his 2006 live recording and latest release, Sound Grammar. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and four of the 2007 Jazz Journalists Association Awards, including Musician of the Year.

We are incredibly pleased to present Ornette Coleman’s extraordinary band - which features three bassists. In many ways, this group represents the culmination of Ornette’s musical journey, seamlessly blending elements of his acoustic music and his experiments in classical forms and textures with his abiding sense of funk. It’s simply jaw-dropping stuff.
With Ornette on saxophone, trumpet and violin, his son Denardo Coleman on drums, and bassists Tony Falanga (acoustic), Charnett Moffett (acoustic) and Al McDowell (electric) this group sounds like no other on the scene or in Ornette's career.

Performance Details: Ornette Coleman
Date: Sunday 24 February 2008
Time: 7pm   
Prices: $60-$120
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777


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