Ornette Coleman

1930 - 2015

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Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 – June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, trumpeter, violinist, and composer. He is best known as a principal founder of the free jazz genre, a term derived from his 1960 album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. His pioneering works often abandoned the harmony-based composition, tonality, chord changes, and fixed rhythm found in earlier jazz idioms. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ornette Coleman has received more than 1,325,493 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia. Ornette Coleman is the 376th most popular musician (down from 287th in 2019), the 2,100th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,668th in 2019) and the 110th most popular American Musician.

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    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among musicians, Ornette Coleman ranks 376 out of 3,175Before him are Paul Wittgenstein, Wayne Shorter, Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Oliver Dragojević, Stig Anderson, and Jermaine Jackson. After him are Alexander Siloti, Rocco Granata, Wilhelm Backhaus, Artur Schnabel, Nick Cave, and Christian Lorenz.

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Among people born in 1930, Ornette Coleman ranks 123Before him are Anisa Makhlouf, Akiyuki Nosaka, Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, Pierre Bergé, Vilma Espín, and Omara Portuondo. After him are John Young, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Miljan Miljanić, Ted Hughes, Oleg Popov, and Georgiy Daneliya. Among people deceased in 2015, Ornette Coleman ranks 94Before him are Eldar Ryazanov, Egon Bahr, Kemal Monteno, Satoru Iwata, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, and Jenő Buzánszky. After him are Arsen Dedić, Philippe Honoré, Ieng Thirith, Geraldine McEwan, Omar Karami, and Eileen Essell.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ornette Coleman ranks 2,100 out of 20,380Before him are Leo McCarey (1898), Fredric Jameson (1934), Ellen Barkin (1954), Farley Granger (1925), Jesse Douglas (1897), and George Roy Hill (1921). After him are Steve Perry (1949), Bob Kahn (1938), Leroy Anderson (1908), R. L. Stine (1943), Lou Gehrig (1903), and Wild Bill Hickok (1837).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Ornette Coleman ranks 110Before him are Robert Trujillo (1964), Woody Guthrie (1912), Ry Cooder (1947), Liberace (1919), Wayne Shorter (1933), and Jermaine Jackson (1954). After him are Tony Levin (1946), Buddy Rich (1917), Dexter Gordon (1923), Billy Gibbons (1949), Ben Webster (1909), and Dennis Wilson (1944).