06/03/10

Ornette Coleman Awarded Honorary Degree from University of Michigan

Saxophonist given honorary doctorate of music in Ann Arbor, with President Obama in attendance

Ornette Coleman received an honorary doctorate of music from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The event also included a commencement address by President Barack Obama.

Here is the text of the official ceremony:
“Mr. Coleman, your performances and your path-breaking theories of jazz and music have transformed how musicians play and what listeners hear. Your self-taught musical education blossomed into a radically novel sound, giving the world musical styles it had never heard before. In your long career of ongoing creativity, you have played a vital role in preserving and enhancing America’s cultural legacy, and you have cultivated the talent of the future. The University of Michigan is proud to present you with the honorary degree, Doctor of Music.”

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Robert Hurst, Ed Sarth, Steve Rush (back), Ellen Rowe, Andrew Bishop (back), Ornette Coleman, Michael Gould (back), Geri Allen

Saxophonist Ellen Rowe is the chair of the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan. Other jazz faculty at the school includes Geri Allen, Andrew Bishop, Michael Gould, Robert Hurst, Ed Sarath and Dennis Wilson.

3 Comments

  • Jun 04, 2010 at 07:18AM Alex Gillen

    The entire video of the University of Michigan's 2010 commencement is available online on U-M's website:
    http://ummedia10.rs.itd.umich.edu/flash/nis/nis.html

    The honorary degree presentations start at 1:14:30. Ornette Coleman is the second recipient, starting at 1:16:40.

    (Video courtesy Big Ten Network and U-M Office of Vice President for Communications)

  • Aug 03, 2010 at 05:09PM groove68

    Shirley Clarke's Ornette: Made in America

    http://www.realeyz.tv/en/shirley-clarke-ornette-made-in-america_cont2029.html

    video on demand stream

  • Aug 03, 2010 at 05:14PM groove68

    Shirley Clarke's Ornette: Made in America

    http://www.realeyz.tv/en/shirley-clarke-ornette-made-in-america_cont2029.html

    video on demand stream

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