Vijay Iyer
Dave Holland
Billy Hart
John Coltrane

See also

Steve Coleman

Knowledge Identifier: +Steve_Coleman


Steve Coleman

African-American saxophone player, spontaneous composer, composer and band leader add

Category: Music

Born in 1956.

Countries: United States (52%), California (10%), Centre (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Cuba, Jazz, Vijay Iyer

Linked to: Bertelsmann Music Group, Chicago Musical College, Illinois Wesleyan University, University of California at Berkeley




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Steve Coleman was born in 1956 add something


West African music has been another huge influence on him since the late 1970s add something


Graham Haynes - With aspirations to push jazz beyond its traditional boundaries, Graham Haynes' first foray into electronic music came in 1979 upon meeting alto saxophonist Steve Coleman


This interest brought him in contact with ways of thinking in traditional non-western cultures which he began to study in the 1980s add something


Dave Holland - Holland formed his first working quintet in 1983, and over the next four years released JumpinÂ’ In, Seeds of Time, and RazorÂ’s Edge, featuring alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, trumpeter Wheeler and trombonist Julian Priester.


In 1985 Steve Coleman got the chance for his first recording as a leader and from on he has recorded extensively add something


Robert Hurst (musician) - He worked with Out of the Blue in 1985 and did work with musicians such as Tony Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Harry Connick Jr., Geri Allen, Russell Malone, and Steve Coleman


Already at the beginning of the 1990s Clarinettist and composer Don Byron regarded Steve Coleman as an exceptional personality of American music history add something


Since the second half of the 1990s he has used complex sounds based on an expanded, nevertheless not free but elaborated tonality in his music add something


The rhythms of Coleman's music of the 1990s were described in the literature as "circular and highly complex polymetric patterns which preserve their danceable character of popular funk rhythms despite their internal complexity and asymmetries add something


For that purpose, he travelled to "'Ghana"' at the end of 1993 and came in contact with the Dagomba people whose traditional drum music uses very complex polyrhythm and a drum language that allows sophisticated speaking through music add something


Vijay Iyer - In 1994 he started working with Steve Coleman and George E. Lewis and became associated with the musicians' collective Asian Improv


In 1996 Coleman along with a group of 10 musicians as well as dancers and the group "Afrocuba de Matanzas" worked together for 12 days, performed at the Havana Jazz Festival, and recorded the CD "The Sign and The Seal" add something


The DVD "Elements of One by Eve-Marie Breglia shows Steve Coleman and his band in the years from 1996 to 2003 encountering: Von Freeman, Afro-Cuban musicians in Cuba, West-African and Afro-Cuban musicians in Senegal, rappers in the United States, Indian musicians in India, ancient Egyptian philosophy in Egypt, and a computer-music research centre in Paris add something


In 1997 Coleman took a group of musicians from America and Cuba to "'Senegal"' to collaborate and participate in musical and cultural exchanges with the musicians of the local Senegalese group "Sing Sing Rhythm" add something


He led his group "Five Elements" to the south of "'India"' in 1998 to participate in a cultural exchange with different musicians in the Karnatic music tradition add something


In 2000 Steve Coleman withdrew from performing and recording in order to travel extensively to India, Indonesia, Cuba and Brazil and he continued his research as an associate professor at the University of California at Berkeley in the years 2000 to 2002 add something


In 2009 he said: What we work on is the language itself add something


Jazz - In 2014 drummer Billy Hart said that Coleman has quietly influenced the whole jazz musical world," and is the "next logical step" after Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman add something


In September 2014, Coleman was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for "refreshing traditional templates to create distinctive and innovative work in add something


Rai Thistlethwayte - Rai was a participant at the Creative Music Workshop at the Banff Centre, Canada, in 2014, and studied improvised music and Carnatic singing under Aruna Sairam, Steve Coleman and Vijay Iyer