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Ornette Coleman, Jazz musician, dies aged 85

Alto saxophonist, composer, pioneer of  “free jazz” and winner of a 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Ornette Coleman has died aged 85.

According to a family representative, Coleman died owing to cardiac arrest.


Emerging in 1959 in his jazz quartet, their album ‘The Shape of Jazz to Come’ opened the doors for other musicians to experiment and push the boundaries of jazz music.

Coleman’s Pulitzer Prize win came with the advent of his album ‘Sound Grammar’ in 2007.

Tributes have been paid from many musicians including Graham Coxon of Blur.

By Hal Breen

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Student at the University of Bristol Writer for Union Times, Inter:Mission and The Tab

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