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Ornette Coleman (1930–2015)

Saxophonist and composer, educated at the School of Jazz in Lenox, Massachusetts. He worked in a Fort Worth carnival, and toured with groups. A leader in progressive jazz, he appeared in many concerts and made many recordings. He retired for two years to study, and then resumed his professional career in 1965. His other instruments include violin ... See full bio »

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Naked Lunch Composer
Finding Forrester Soundtrack
Detroit 1-8-7 Soundtrack
Détective Music Department


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  The Deuce (TV Series) (performer - 6 episodes, 2017 - 2018) (writer - 6 episodes, 2017 - 2018)
- Inside the Pretend (2018) ... (performer: "Tears Inside") / (writer: "Tears Inside")
- Nobody Has to Get Hurt (2018) ... (performer: "Compassion") / (writer: "Compassion")
- Seven-Fifty (2018) ... (performer: "Angel Voice", "The Blessing") / (writer: "Angel Voice", "The Blessing")
- There's an Art to This (2018) ... (performer: "Giggin'") / (writer: "Giggin'")
- Why Me? (2017) ... (performer: "Invisible") / (writer: "Invisible")
  Treme (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- On Your Way Down (2011) ... (performer: "The Blessing" - uncredited) / (writer: "The Blessing" - uncredited)
  Detroit 1-8-7 (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Ice Man/Malibu (2011) ... (performer: "Rejoicing") / (writer: "Rejoicing")
 2009 Bobo Stenson Trio (music: "Una muy bonita")
 2004 The Door in the Floor (performer: "Bompo" - as The Ornette Coleman Trio) / (writer: "Bompo")
 2002 Comedian (Documentary) (writer: "Pryor Reprise")
 2000 Finding Forrester (performer: "FOREIGNER IN A FREE LAND", "HAPPY HOUSE") / (writer: "FOREIGNER IN A FREE LAND", "HAPPY HOUSE")
 1991 Naked Lunch (performer: "Midnight Sunrise") / (performer: "Write Man", "Bugpowder", "Ballad", "Intersong" - as The Ornette Coleman Trio) / (writer: "Write Man", "Bugpowder", "Midnight Sunrise", "Ballad", "Intersong")
 1985 Détective (music: "Stating The Case" - as Coleman) / (performer: "Stating The Case")
  Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1979) (writer - 1 episode, 1979)
- Milton Berle/Ornette Coleman (1979) ... (performer: "Times Square" - uncredited) / (writer: "Times Square" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Album: "Empty Foxhole" (Blue Note Records) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Articles | See more »

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I don't think there's any difference between an idea and an emotion. Music is language made up of notes and keys; written language is made up of letters which are the symbols of sounds, and they change between sounds the same way that the letters for notes can. See more »


Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1989. See more »


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