This column can really come in handy when I have so many-too many-features and reviews vying for coverage in our limited space. I just couldn’t, for instance, let this book go to print without telling you about “Celebrate Ornette,” an admission-free tribute concert for Ornette Coleman that took place during a cloudy and eventually rainy evening in mid-June at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
To put it tritely but accurately, this was one for the ages. If you were there, be kind to those who weren’t: I mean, it has to sting when they hear about the man himself blowing alongside David Murray and Henry Threadgill-and there was so much more at this three-hours-plus lovefest. A top-tier European festival would be epic if it managed to fill a week with all the talent heard on this single evening.