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Ornette Coleman at the SF Jazz Festival

According to the marquee, the program bringing a well-dressed horde out to the Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, Va., was Herbie Hancock’s “Gershwin’s World,” the world premiere of a Hancock’s first official live orchestra project (which will work its way to summer shows at the Ravinia Festival, the Hollywood Bowl and elsewhere).

Advertising, though, was a little on the false side. Hancock, a Buddhist and a musician with a catholic jazz ethos, took the fitting title of his Grammy-winning 1998 Gershwin tribute album and freely broadened the program’s scope, mixing in a handful of Gershwin pieces with his own as well as the music of Ellington, W.C. Handy, Hoagy Carmichael, Wayne Shorter’s epigrammatic jewel “Nefertiti.”

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