Happy 82nd Birthday to Ornette Coleman

Happy 82nd Birthday to Saxophonist Ornette Coleman! He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s and is still easily recognized: his keening, crying sound draws heavily on blues music. President Barak Obama says about Coleman: “Your performances and your path-breaking theories of jazz and music have transformed how musicians play and what listeners hear. Your self-taught musical education blossomed into a radically novel sound, giving the world musical styles it had never heard before. In your long career of ongoing creativity, you have played a vital role in preserving and enhancing America’s cultural legacy, and you have cultivated the talent of the future.” Brilliant.