Ornette Coleman
“Ornette Coleman ... was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz”
—The New York Times
Sun, May 1, 2022
Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come

Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come
Based on Ornette Coleman’s 1959 Album
Bang on a Can Orchestra
Denardo Coleman / Ornette Expressions
Featuring Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Jason Moran, Lee Odom, Wallace Roney Jr. and special guest James “Blood” Ulmer
Conducted by Awadagin Pratt

Part of Spring 2022
The work of influential composer and saxophonist Ornette Coleman was radically ahead of its time, and his innovations continue to reverberate through all musical genres, and beyond. In 1961, John Coltrane said that the 12 minutes he had spent on stage with Coleman amounted to “the most intense moment of my life.” Bang on a Can, a home for experimental musicians from around the world since 1987, had their own mind-opening opportunity to work closely with Ornette Coleman—commissioning him, performing with him, touring with him.

Now, for one night only, BAM and Bang on a Can present an epic reimagining of Ornette’s 1959 album, The Shape of Jazz to Come, performed by an all-new Bang on a Can Orchestra of classical and jazz luminaries and Denardo Coleman/Ornette Expressions featuring Jason Moran, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Lee Odom, Wallace Roney Jr. and special guest James “Blood” Ulmer—conducted by Awadagin Pratt. Commissioned by Bang on a Can and BAM, six trailblazing composers from across the musical spectrum—Nick Dunston, Craig Harris, Nicole Mitchell, Carman Moore, David Sanford, and Pamela Z—come together to arrange, magnify, and honor the six profound pieces on the album that established Coleman as one of America’s most important and visionary musicians.

This performance is also presented as part of Bang on a Can’s three-day multi-venue Long Play new music festival.

Wed Mar 02
BAM Members & Patrons
Wed Mar 09
General Public


BAM Members receive 20% off through Apr 15. No promo code needed.

All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff.  

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Sunday May 01, 2022
Performances no longer available.

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