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Jazz great Freddie Hubbard dead at 70

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Jazz musician Freddie Hubbard died at the age of 70 Monday in a Los Angeles area hospital after suffering a heart attack last month, USA Today reported.

Damon Dash among New York tax deadbeats

NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Diamond wearing hip-hop mogul Damon Dash and photographer Annie Leibovitz are on the list of celebrities owing back taxes in New York.

Umbria Jazz Fest books 250 concerts

PERUGIA, Italy, July 5 (UPI) -- Musicians from all over the United States and Italy are lining up to perform at The Umbria Jazz Festival, the biggest event of its kind in Europe.

Ornette Coleman collapses on stage

MANCHESTER, Tenn., June 18 (UPI) -- Jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman is in the hospital after collapsing from the heat at the Manchester, Tenn., Bonnaroo festival. The 77-year-old "free jazz" pioneer and 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music winner was taken to the Coffer County Hospital after suffe

Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' wins Pulitzer

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- "The Road," Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic wandering of violence and longing, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the New York committee announced Monday.

Jazz violinist Leroy Jenkins dies

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Violinist and composer Leroy Jenkins, a dominant force in the 1970s' free jazz movement, died in New York of complications of lung cancer at the age of 74.

Grammys honor Baez, Booker T, the Doors

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- This year's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles presented lifetime achievement honors to several recording artists, including Joan Baez and The Doors.

Natalie Cole to give 'New Artist' Grammy

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Natalie Cole, an eight-time Grammy winner, will present the Best New Artist award during the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Jazz composer, teacher Jimmy Cheatham dies

LA JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Jimmy Cheatham, a jazz trombonist, arranger and composer, died in a La Jolla, Calif., hospital of a heart-related problem, his wife said.

Grammy Awards to honor The Doors' career

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The iconic U.S. rock group The Doors is among several lifetime achievement honorees to be cited at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

Jazz saxophonist Redman dead at age 75

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- One of the premiere jazz sax players in the United States, Dewey Redman, has died in New York at the age of 75.

Largest arts prize awarded Ornette Coleman

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Jazz composer and saxophonist Ornette Coleman has been selected recipient of the largest prize in the arts field, the $250,000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, it was announced Thursday.

SFJazz's 5th spring season honors saxmen

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The fifth annual SFJazz Spring Season shines its spotlight on the music of saxophonists Stan Getz and Ornette Coleman.

Honorees set for NY entertainment awards

NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Saxophonist Ornette Coleman is the lone multiple winner to be honored at the 2004 New York NightLife Awards ceremony Jan. 12 at Town Hall.

Payton mixes it up on new jazz album

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton has explored the roots and the heart of jazz over the past decade-and-a-half as one of music's "young lions" -- a great younger instru
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International
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Ornette Coleman, recipient of a lifetime achievement award appears backstage at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 11, 2007. (UPI Photo/Phil McCarten)
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Ornette Coleman (born March 9, 1930) is an American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1950s and 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 was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he began performing R&B and bebop initially on tenor saxophone. Seeking a way to work his way out of his home town, he took a job in 1949 with a Silas Green from New Orleans traveling show and then with touring rhythm and blues shows. After a show in Baton Rouge, he was assaulted and his saxophone was destroyed.

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