THE MUSIC OF ORNETTE COLEMAN
August 13 19 (five meetings)
WThFMT: 5:30 8:30 p.m.
Ornette Coleman’s musical vision has long been a shaping force in the jazz world (rivaling that of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker), yet he remains as controversial a figure today as he was 40 years ago. We will explore Coleman’s musical personality by listening to selected recordings spanning his career and by hearing personal anecdotes from Ran Blake, rather than by analyzing specific improvisations or compositions. In tracing Coleman’s progress from his roots to his New York City debut, his electronic experiments in the 1970’s, and his present-day legacy, we will gain an appreciation of this often-misunderstood genius of 20th century improvised music. This course is open to anyone with a general musical background.
In-person registration begins Tuesday, May 28th. NEC Summer School Director Margaret Ulmer can be reached at (617) 585-1126.
More information on Ran Blake is available at ranblake.com