Ornette: Tomorrow is the Question


Joining such memorable events as Ornette’s week at Lincoln Center in 1997 and the celebration in his honor at Celebrate Brooklyn which was the last time he played in public and which is now documented in an incredible box set alongside the memorial held for him at Riverside Church and Wynton's own celebration of Ornette at Lincoln Center will be Ornette Coleman: Tomorrow is the Question, July 11–16 as part of their yearly indoor festival. There will be a four-part series honoring Ornette's work as a composer, innovator, and performer.

The evenings include a screening of Naked Lunch with live accompaniment by such giants as Ravi Coltrane, Henry Threadgill, Charente Moffatt, and Denard Coleman. Coleman will also be part of a Prime Time Reunion that will honor guitarist Bern Nix who sadly recently passed away and who had been a long time member of the original band. This night the members will include Joshua Redman, Wallace Roney, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Calvin Weston, Kidd Jordan, and David Murray and many others. There will also be a screening of Shirley Clarke's Ornette: Made in America (1985).

The celebration concludes with Ornette's Chamber Music performed by Ensemble Signal and others, Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 pm at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Other highlights of the festival, which runs through the end of July with a multitude of varied programs, are the Bang on a Can All-Stars including, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe with a rare appearance by Chinese vocal star Gong Linna and Morton Sobotnick's iconic Silver Apples of the Moon. None of these shows should be missed. - Steve Dalachinsky

For more details go to the festival website http://www.lincolncenter.org/lc-festival.


Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Dalachinsky is a writer, poet, and jazz expert. He's released numerous collections of his poetry, including the PEN award winning The Final Nite & Other Poems: Complete Notes from a Charles Gayle Notebook 1987-2006 (Ugly Duckling Presse) and a 2008 collaboration with Matthew Shipp, Logos and Language: A Post-Jazz Metaphorical Dialogue (Rogueart).