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Published: 2009/05/08

Ornette Coleman’s Meltdown

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Sean Lennon, Moby, The Roots Patti Smith and Yo La Tengo are among the artists who will come together in the U.K. next month at the invitation of Ornette Coleman. The 79 year old jazz icon is serving as the curator of this year’s Meltdown, which will take place from June 12 21 at London’s South Bank Centre. The roster of acts also includes: Cornelius, The Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra, David Murray, Gwo-Ka Masters, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Baaba Maal Bobby McFerrin, Charlie Hadens Liberation Music Orchestra, Carla Bley, Robert Wyatt, The Bad Plus and the host himself. As Ornette’s son and longtime bandmate Denardo told, ‘The Ornette Festival hopefully will include jazz, alternative, classical, world, hip hop, rock, electronica, young artists, classic artists.Ornette sees no category. The event will be to honor him and to celebrate that spirit of freedom he contributes to the world.’

God Street Wine’s Lo Faber and Aaron Maxwell To Perform Together Again

God Street Wine delivered its final show during the last weeks of Wetlands Preserve in September 2001. Later this month, in Teaneck, NJ the group’s two guitarists and vocalists will take the stage together once again. Lo Faber and Aaron Maxwell will perform with Echofission during their set at their upcoming performance on Saturday May 23rd at Mexicali Blues. The evening will have more of an old-school Wetlands vibe as percussionist Dave Thomas from the former-group Native will appear as well with other guests promised as well. Echofission, a former New Groove of the Month, released The Straights last year.

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