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5561 Star Starred
Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 9 members
Review from YelloBall
9 events 2 reviews

One of the best concerts I've attended all year. Ornette is a master musician, so creative and open. It was a wonderful experience. And the audience loved him, too. He got a very long standing ovation and returned for an encore and after more...continued

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Review from Noiseferatu
4 events 2 reviews

Some 50 years ago, Ornette digested Bird's bop. Instead of regurgitating and ossifying, he offered a new direction. People loved. People hated. Music in the 20th Century was changed.

But, he refused to rest on the world's perception of honks,...continued

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Review from Jamil Blackwell
10 events 6 reviews

Fourty five years and counting having listened to Ornettte. Such freshness for some of his old standards and remarkably humble brother. I was thrilled to be there and share such high music; Ornette did not disappoint. Like one other reviewer I was...continued

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“One of the principal icons of post-bebop jazz” —Los Angeles Times
“Ornette Coleman’s quartet deals in moment-to-moment magic.” —JazzTimes


Fifty years after he exploded on the New York jazz scene, free jazz revolutionary Ornette Coleman has lost none of his power as a transformational figure, though his roots in gutbucket Texas blues and bebop are more apparent than ever. The alto sax iconoclast (who also plays trumpet and violin) couples one of the most searingly beautiful sounds in jazz with a singing melodic sensibility expressed in long, careening lines. Always looking for the freshest form of expression, Coleman often arrives at concert halls with a sheaf of new compositions that exemplify the freedom and discipline required by his famously knotty harmolodic concept.

In 2007, the much-lauded Coleman added a Grammy® Award for Lifetime Achievement to a shelf of accolades that includes a Pulitzer Prize (for his astounding 2006 live album Sound Grammar), a MacArthur Genius Award and induction into the NEA Jazz Masters. SFJAZZ continues a deep, enduring tradition of presenting Coleman, who is joined on this date by his remarkable quartet, featuring two bassists and his son Denardo on drums.

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