Change Of The Century: Ornette Coleman's Jazz Revolution

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Taught by Christopher Bussmann

Christopher Bussmann is a Brooklyn based librarian by day and a jazz cultural historian, writer, educator, and former broadcaster by night. Christopher runs Bop And Beyond, a jazz blog dedicated to the bebop and hard bop sounds of the mid-twentieth century. His former radio show aired for over ten years in Rochester, Montreal, and Brooklyn. You can visit his site at and on twitter at @bopandbeyond.

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"I don't try to please when I play. I try to cure." -- Ornette Coleman

On Thursday, June 12th, Celebrate Brooklyn, in partnership with the 75th Anniversary Blue Note Jazz Festival, presents Celebrate Ornette: The Music Of Ornette Coleman at the Prospect Park bandshell. This free concert is an excellent opportunity to take an all-encompassing look back at the extraordinary and unorthodox career of a true jazz original. When Ornette Coleman broke into jazz in 1958, he started a revolution in music, the after-effects of which are still being felt to this day. For better or worse, Ornette Coleman changed jazz, challenged jazz, killed jazz, and enlivened jazz. This class will help you find out how and why and what it all means.

Besides being a brief overview on the life and times of Ornette Coleman, this class will take a deeper look into the cultural impact of Ornette Coleman's musical legacy. No previous experience with jazz or music theory necessary! All students will receive an MP3 playlist of everything we listen to in class, plus a guide for further recommended listening and reading.

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