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.