Lessons from Don Cherry

Miles and Wynton both agree… Don Cherry is important. “Don Cherry, I like…” – Miles Davis by Leonard Feather, Down Beat Volume 58 No. 12 first published by Down Beat, June 1964  “I loved Don Cherry.” -Wynton Marsalis, interviewed by Will Layman for Pop Matters, April 2016 As a young student of the trumpet, my […]

What have I learned from Ornette Coleman?

“The pattern for the tune will be forgotten, and the tune itself will be the pattern.” -Ornette Coleman¬†(from Ornette Coleman, A Harmolodic Life) To me, there are certain musicians who deserve specific attention… who require deliberate study. ¬†— The controversial, the innovative and the revolutionary — If we made a “Mount Rushmore” of jazz icons, […]