It’s been an international musical ride here in Studio G at the Mohn Broadcast Center. Working on several underwriting spots for UCLA Live at Royce Hall including Gamelan Cudamani from Bali, Indonesia; composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim will be featured in conversation and jazz saxophonist, Ornette Coleman will be in concert.
Musically speaking it is a stellar day! What caught my ear and attention today was this video discussing Coleman’s instinct and vision of jazz. I appreciate his freedom to let music flow to an awesome space. It reminds me how fortunate I am to have music, dance and art in my life — without it, how empty I would be.
Free jazz pioneer, Pulitzer Prize winner and peerless saxophonist Ornette Coleman has played a major role in the evolution of American music for more than five decades.
At the 2009 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Coleman became the 16th person to receive the prestigious Miles Davis Award, instituted to honor an international jazz musician for his or her complete body of work and influence.
Coleman was instrumental in breaking down jazz conventions in the 1960s, becoming the father of free jazz and returning the medium to its daring, revolutionary roots. Joining him on stage are his son Denardo Coleman on drums, Tony Falanga on bass and other special guests.
For more information on Ornette Coleman's upcoming concert at Royce Hall, http://www.uclalive.org/calendar
(Audio clip is an underwriting spot for UCLA Live featuring a musical excerpt of Ornette Coleman song, “Broadway Blues." SCPR voice talent Rita Pardue.)