by carl wilson

Now We Are 2
(Plus: Ornette!!!)


The day's almost over and nobody has wished Zoilus a Happy Blogday. Oh well. No cake for you then. No, seriously, gratitude to all the readers who've made Zoilus such a pleasure to do.

Gotta say how sick with excitement I am to be seeing Ornette Coleman tomorrow night at Massey Hall. Torontonians, there are still tickets available. I know they're pricey, but it would be a gross collective error to let that surplus stand. The man is 75, and he helped revolutionize jazz music. These figures don't come along often. That's why I was a little disappointed with my colleague Mark Miller's interview with Ornette in the paper yesterday - why would an experienced jazz journalist be so thrown off by a jazzer's jive? Still, there was one significant quote that has people talking:

But his performing and recording activities have been intermittent - especially of late and evidently not as a matter of choice. "In music, you're only hired when someone activates the phone or writes you a letter," he observes .... "Only my son and my cousin have given me help to get jobs."

It's scandalous, the idea that Ornette Coleman is sitting around by the phone hoping to be invited to perform somewhere. On the local "jazztalk" discussion list, guitarist Tim Posgate related the story of asking Steve Lacy, "not long before he died, if he had any plans to come to Toronto, and he replied, 'If someone invites me I would love to come'. How many great artists, that have the ability to enhance, inspire and maybe even change our world are sitting at home because no one is calling?"

A good question that I'm afraid will go sadly begging for an answer more often than not. (Whatever became of last year's Toronto Progressive Jazz series, which was such a good step in this direction?) It's great that Massey Hall's programmers asked Ornette here, and a sold-out hall is what's needed to convince them to bring in such artists more often instead of Jack Johnson or some other asshole.

(Yeah, yeah, I'm sure he's very nice.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, October 28 at 6:14 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (6)



Saw Ornette in Norway last year, and his new group is very good indeed. I thought Greg Cohen in particular was impressive. Oh, and delayed happy blogday

Posted by Chris on October 30, 2005 6:43 AM



gave 'em away - what a melodic, hypnotic show.

Posted by db on October 29, 2005 10:18 PM



Speaking of which - I have two 3rd row centre tix for this gig - will sell at cost - any takers? email me if interested

Posted by Dan Berman on October 29, 2005 3:06 PM



Ornette is jiving a little bit when he says he's waiting by the phone for gigs - the man wants $50,000 to perform. That's a hefty price tag for a promoter to swallow, living legend or not. He and his family run his organization (cousin and son) and they don't return calls if you offer say, $15,000. Not that Ornette doesn't deserve the bread, don't get me wrong. It's just a tough sell for someone outside of institutions like Massey/Roy Thompson.

Posted by Dan Berman on October 29, 2005 2:56 PM



Can't think of a nicer Blogday present than to anticipate going to hear Ornette live. Happy Blogday!

Posted by john on October 28, 2005 11:24 PM



yeah, i’m sick with excitement to hear ornette too. and i can’t believe there are still lots of tix unsold. hopefully more than a few of the local ‘hipsters’ who visit yr site will read this post, get hip to the heaviosity of this EVENT, and get their asses down to massey… oh, and happy blogday.

Posted by rm on October 28, 2005 8:47 PM




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