Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PHOTO: Ornette Coleman - Through The Years

Ornette Coleman's world premiere of "Tone Dialing" at Masonic Center (1994)

This Thursday (3/13), SFJAZZ Hotplate honors the wildly innovative saxophonist Ornette Coleman, who turned 84 last Sunday! Bay Area saxophonist Howard Wiley has assembled a killer group, featuring Darrell Green (drums), Devin Hoff (bass), Geechi Taylor (trumpet) and Mitch Buttler (trombone), to recreate Ornette's defining album The Shape of Jazz To Come in Joe Henderson Lab. Although every Hotplate honors a great, this one in particular hits close to home. SFJAZZ has presented Ornette regularly since 1994. So we've dug into the archives and collected shots of Ornette over the past two decades!

2002, Davies Symphony Hall

A man of many instruments...
(Left: 2007, "The Master Maverick" at Masonic Center; Right: 2009, Davies Symphony Hall)

Grab a seat for Hotplate at sfjazz.org. See more photos of artists at SFJAZZ on Flickr. And check out a recent feature, "Sax man Howard Wiley: jazz should be sexy."

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