Biographical / Historical
Ornette Coleman (1930-2015) was a jazz composer and musician, specializing in the alto and tenor saxophone. Coleman composed scores that did not transpose among the different instrument keys and combined the different keys in unison. He was also known for playing differently from the rest of the ensemble, changing tempo, playing in another key, and belting out loud, outlandish notes. Coleman's famous albums include In All Languages, Virgin Beauty, and Naked Lunch. He performed up until a year before his death in 2015.
John Lee Hooker (1917-2001), popularly known as the "King of Boogie," was a jazz musician of the blues genre. He specialized in the acoustic and electric guitar, and his style was influenced by the Delta blues that he heard as a child. Distinct from the boogie woogie jazz piano style, Hooker pioneered the driving rhythms and southern style of boogie guitar. Hooker's acclaimed albums include The Healer and Hooker 'n' Heat, as well as the singles Boom Boom, I'm in the Mood, Crawling Kingsnake, and Hobo Blues. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and received many Grammys over the course of his career. Hooker performed up until his death in 2001.
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Ratliff, Ben. "Ornette Coleman, Saxophonist Who Rewrote the Language of Jazz, Dies at 85." The New York Times. June 11, 2015. (Accessed July 22, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/12/arts/music/ornette-coleman-jazz-saxophonist-dies-at-85-obituary.html.)