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
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.
Most in the workday world look forward to summer as an opportunity to kick back and relax, either through less hectic weeks, leisurely weekends or outright stretches of vacation. Jazz musicians enjoy the summer months because work is plentiful and often s
Cornet player Red Nichols was born this day in 1905 in Ogden, Utah. As a teenager, he idolized the Original Dixieland Jass Band, Bix Beiderbecke and the Wolverines and Phil Napoleon. As an adult he was a top bandleader in the traditional jazz vein.
Drummer Denzil Best was born in New York City this day in 1917. He was a favorite sideman of Ben Webster, George Shearing and Erroll Garner until calcium deposits in his wrists crippled his career. He died in May 1965 after falling down a flight of steps
The sun is shining on the subtropical city of New Orleans; it's festival time again. Tens of thousands of music lovers are pouring into town this week from all over the world for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
English trombonist and bandleader Ted Heath was born this day in London in 1900. Emulating the Swing era sound coming from the bands of Tommy Dorsey and Woody Herman, he led a dance band that was the best known in Britain through the 1950s.
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