Ornette Coleman (Jazz Sax) 84th Birthday @ Painted Bride Friday March 21 8pm

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.

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  • Darlene Broadway B.

    Tony Falanga, bassists for Ornette Coleman plays an award winning double bass made by Eric Rene Roy, head luthier of Upton Bass String Instrument Co. This bass was made for the 2009 ISB Makers Competition for which it won a Silver Medal for Tone.

    January 29, 2014

  • Darlene Broadway B.

    A N.Y. born musician Al MacDowell has spent most of his passionate music career dedicated and devouted to expanding the limits of American jazz culture in the school of harmolodic music, under the paternal wings of it's unique creator, jazz saxaphonist,alto and tenor, violinist, trumpeter, composer master, Ornette Coleman. Playing his bass like a lead intsrument, has placed him in the generation of bassists, like Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius. - See more at: http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/schedule/moreinfo.cgi?id=11251#sthash.O4rYs8EA.dpuf

    January 29, 2014

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