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Ornette Coleman, an icon of the avant-garde and one of the most significant musicians of the 20th century, died of cardiac arrest June 11 in Manhattan. He was 85.

The alto saxophonist and composer, who also played violin and trumpet, was voted into the DownBeat Hall of Fame by readers in 1969. He was the recipient of a 1984 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship.

Among Coleman’s most famous works are the albums Something Else!!!!, Tomorrow Is The Question!, The Shape Of Jazz To Come, Free Jazz, The Empty Foxhole, Science Fiction, Song X (with Pat Metheny), Tone Dialing and Sound Grammar.

To pay tribute to this pioneer, we present two stories from our archives. To read a powerful essay that Coleman wrote for the magazine in 1967, click here.

To read a review of a 2014 concert tribute to Coleman, an event where the guest of honor surprised many by performing, click here.

Check back to our website later for a full obituary and tribute. Also, we will present an extensive tribute to Coleman in our September issue.

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