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Remembering Ray Kennedy and Ornette Coleman + New Music

Jun 28, 2015

Jazz Unlimited for June 28, 2016 will present “Remembering Ray Kennedy and Ornette Coleman + New Music.”  St. Louis pianist Ray Kennedy died in late May from complications of MS.  We will feature him in the first hour with his brother Tom, John Pizzarelli, Nat Adderley, Asa Harris, Christine Hitt and Joe Cohn.  Saxophonist Ornette Coleman turned the jazz world on its head when he came out of Los Angeles with his quartet in 1959.  He died in June at age 85 after a long and successful career as a performer and composer, not only of jazz but also for two films and a symphony “Skies of America.”  He was the recipient of a 1995 MacArthur Genius grant and a 1997 Pulitzer Prize for music.  He will be heard with Paul Bley, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins, Geri Allen and his son Denardo, among others.  The New Music segment will debut the Maria Schneider Orchestra’s new recording “The Thompson Fields.”

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the musicians heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of July 6, 2015.