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Ornette Coleman Compositions

Jazz Unlimited  for April 21, 2019, will present “The Compositions of Ornette Coleman.”  When Ornette Coleman began recording in 1958, his style, called “free jazz” (but really wasn’t) flummoxed nearly everyone   Subsequent hearing of his work has shown that he is one of the best writers of short melodies in jazz.  We will play 22 of these attractive melodies by others with one played by Ornette himself.  The other musicians playing these compositions include Joe Lovano, Art Pepper, Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts group. The String Trio of New York, Orrin Evans, Quest, Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Jeanfrancois Prins, Judy Niemack, Junko Onishi, the SF Jazz Collective, the David Murray, Geri Allen, Terri Lynne Carrington Power Trio, Charlie Haden, Ravi Coltrane, The Bad Plus, Frank Kimbrough, Don Cherry and Old and New Dreams.

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

Due to copyright restrictions, the audio from this show is no longer available. Audio links are available for one week after a show airs, starting on the Monday after the show.

This is a 2018 video of the SF Jazz Collective playing Jobim's "Waters of March."  The personnel is Miguel Zenon (as) David Sanchez (ts) Etienne Charles (tp, cga) Robin Eubanks (tb) Warren (wolf (vib) Edward Simon (p) Matt Brewer (b) and Obed Calvaire (d, arr).

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Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.

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