Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 85.
The cause was cardiac arrest, a family representative said.
Mr. Coleman widened the options in jazz and helped change its course. Partly through his example in the late 1950s and early ’60s, jazz became less beholden to the rules of harmony and rhythm while gaining more distance from the American songbook repertoire.
Congratulations to Jean-Patrick BESINGRAND!
On Friday, March 6, 2015, the composition competition's jury consisted of Philippe MANOURY(President, composer), Thomas KESSLER (composer), Yan MARESZ (composer), Vincent DAVID(performer and composer) and Philippe GEISS (performer, composer and in charge of the artistic direction of SaxOpen) met to the Cité de la musique et de la danse in Strasbourg.