Ornette Coleman's 84th Birthday Celebration
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 8:00pm
Venue: Painted Bride Art Center230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $20 / $25 day of show
Arts Nova Workshop, the Painted Bride Art Center, and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound are pleased to present this very special double-header in celebration of Ornette Coleman’s 84th birthday and 55th anniversary of his arrival in New York City and historic debut at The Five Spot. Celebrating Ornette will feature two unique ensembles, both deeply connected to Ornette’s incomparable past, present and future.
More than 50 years after Ornette Coleman changed the course of music with The Shape of Jazz to Come, the avant-garde patriarch remains an elusive genius whose work defies neat categories. While he coined the term “free jazz” with his classic 1960 double quartet album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, he’s a composer of expansive ambition whose tunes have become essential touchstones in the jazz canon. His melodic imagination often seems limitless, as he regularly introduces dozens of new tunes with slippery, careening singsong lines. And though he’s known as one of the most sophisticated and controversial innovators in jazz, his music is equally steeped in the raw looseness of the blues. In 2007, he became only the second jazz musician ever to win a Pulitzer Prize in addition to receiving a Grammy award for lifetime achievement.
Denardo Coleman Group. Tony Falanga, bass; Al MacDowell, bass; Denardo Coleman, drums More, TBA
Led by the great saxophonist’s son, the Denardo Coleman Group makes its Philadelphia debut. Denardo first recorded on Ornette’s The Empty Foxhole (Blue Note, 1966) with Charlie Haden at the age of ten. He has gone on to record and produce many of Ornette’s recordings as well as collaborating extensively with the poet Jayne Cortez. The Coleman Group also includes bassists Tony Falanga and Al MacDowell, both members of Ornette’s current quartet. MacDowell, who has performed frequently with Ornette since 1976 and was a member of the Prime Time band, is a seasoned veteran of Ornette’s “harmolodic” approach.
Jamaaladeen Tacuma Band. Jamaaladeen Tacuma, el. bass; Wolfgang Puschnig, hojak + alto saxophone; Terry Adkins, tenor saxophone; Yoichi Uzeki, piano + keyboards; Charlie Ellerbee, el. guitar; Khary Abdul-Shaheed, drums; G. Calvin Weston, drums
In the mid 1970s, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s creatively free and funky approach caught the eye and ear of Ornette. He quickly became part of Coleman’s electric band, Prime Time, and performed on the historic recordings Dancing in Your Head, Body Meta, and Of Human Feelings. Over the years, Tacuma has collaborated with a diverse and talented spectrum of artists, including guitarists Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, and James Blood Ulmer. He has also performed and recorded with saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington, Jr., Odean Pope, and James Carter. Tacuma’s most recent release, For the Love of Ornette revisits his exceptional work with Ornette, who also performs on the recording.