Coleman, Ornette

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Coleman, Ornette Gender: M
Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman
born on 9 March 1930 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Fort Worth, Texas, 32n44, 97w19
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 18°09' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 04°59 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 09°43'

Ornette Coleman
photo: Geert Vandepoele, license cc-by-sa-2.0


American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s. Coleman's timbre is easily recognized: his keening, crying sound draws heavily on blues music. His album Sound Grammar received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for music.

Coleman married poet Jayne Cortez in 1954. The couple divorced in 1964. They had one son, Denardo, born in 1956.

In 2004 Coleman was awarded The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the richest prizes in the arts, given annually to "a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life."

On February 11, 2007, Ornette Coleman was honored with a Grammy award for lifetime achievement, in recognition of this legacy.

On July 9, 2009, Ornette Coleman received the Miles Davis Award, a recognition given by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal to jazz musicians who have contributed along their careers to the evolution of the jazz music.

On May 1, 2010, Ornette was awarded an honorary doctorate in Music from the University of Michigan for his musical contributions.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Carter, John (born 24 September 1929)
  • associate relationship with Ono, Yoko (born 18 February 1933). Notes: performed on her Plastic Ono Band album
  • associate relationship with Reed, Lou (born 2 March 1942). Notes: performed on his The Raven album


  • Work : Prize 2007 (Pulitzer Prize for music)
  • Work : Prize 11 February 2007 (Grammy award for lifetime achievement)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Coleman in Arthur Taylor, "Notes and Tones: Musician-to-Musician Interviews" (Da Capo, 1993), p. 32: "I was born in Texas on March 9, 1930, around five o'clock in the morning." City of birth from Robert Palmer, "Ornette Coleman and the Circle with a Hole in the Middle" Atlantic Monthly, December 1972: "March 19 [sic], 1930, when he was born in Fort Worth, Texas." <>. Scholfield finds no birth certificate for Coleman for the dates 9 and 19 March 1930 in the Family Search "Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935."


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter)
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy
  • Notable : Awards : Pulitzer prize