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Free jazz is a genre of music that emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s as an avant-garde movement within the jazz community. It is characterized by its improvisational nature, lack of traditional song structures, and a departure from the constraints of traditional jazz harmony and rhythm.

The origins of free jazz can be traced back to several key figures who sought to push the boundaries of jazz music. One such figure is Ornette Coleman, whose album "The Shape of Jazz to Come" released in 1959, is often considered a landmark in the development of free jazz. Coleman's approach involved discarding conventional chord progressions and encouraging musicians to improvise freely without predetermined harmonic structures.

Another influential figure in the genre's development was John Coltrane. His album "Ascension," released in 1966, showcased his exploration of extended improvisation and collective improvisation with a large ensemble. This album marked a significant shift towards more experimental forms within free jazz.

Key characteristics of free jazz include collective improvisation, where all members of an ensemble contribute equally to the musical dialogue without predefined roles or hierarchies. The use of unconventional techniques such as multiphonics (producing multiple notes simultaneously on wind instruments) and extended techniques (exploring non-traditional sounds on instruments) are also common features.

Over time, free jazz has evolved and incorporated influences from various other genres such as rock, funk, world music, and classical music. Artists like Albert Ayler expanded upon the energy and intensity found in earlier iterations of free jazz with albums like "Spiritual Unity" (1964). Ayler's work emphasized raw emotion and spirituality through his powerful saxophone playing.

In addition to Coleman, Coltrane, and Ayler, other notable artists associated with free jazz include Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Eric Dolphy, Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, and Peter Brötzmann.

Upcoming Concerts

Concert Date Artist Venue City Country
Dec. 08, 23 Nels Cline Teatro Diana Guadalajara MX
Dec. 09, 23 Mary Halvorson Jazz Gallery New York US
Dec. 10, 23 Nels Cline Teatro Angela Peralta San Miguel de Allende MX
Dec. 30, 23 Nels Cline Phish After-Party: Medeski New York US
Jan. 07, 24 Mary Halvorson Hey Nonny Arlington US
Jan. 12, 24 Mary Halvorson Bowery ballroom New York US
Jan. 19, 24 Mary Halvorson Théâtre Victor Hugo Bagneux FR
Jan. 20, 24 Mary Halvorson Paradox Tilburg Tilburg NL
Jan. 23, 24 Mary Halvorson Porgy & Bess Vienna AT
Jan. 24, 24 Mary Halvorson Muffathalle Munich DE
Jan. 25, 24 Mary Halvorson Opus Jazzclub Budapest HU
Jan. 25, 24 Jeff Parker Singletary Center for the Arts Lexington US
Jan. 26, 24 Mary Halvorson Gems Kulturzentrum Singen (Hohentwiel) DE
Jan. 26, 24 Jeff Parker Reva And David Logan Center For The Arts Chicago US
Jan. 27, 24 Jeff Parker Hancher Auditorium Iowa City US
Jan. 27, 24 Mary Halvorson Kunsthaus Nexus Saalfelden AT
Feb. 03, 24 Mary Halvorson Regatta Bar Cambridge US
Feb. 07, 24 Nels Cline The Falcon Marlboro County US
Feb. 08, 24 Nels Cline Le Poisson Rouge New York US
Feb. 09, 24 Mary Halvorson The Clarice College Park US
Feb. 09, 24 Nels Cline Solar Myth Philadelphia US
Feb. 10, 24 Mary Halvorson Buttenwieser Hall At The Arnhold Center New York US
Feb. 10, 24 Nels Cline Solar Myth Philadelphia US
Mar. 12, 24 Nels Cline The Princess Theatre - Woolloongabba Queensland Woolloongabba AU
Mar. 13, 24 Nels Cline The Princess Theatre - Woolloongabba Queensland Woolloongabba AU
Mar. 15, 24 Nels Cline Canberra Theatre Centre - Caberra Canberra AU
Mar. 16, 24 Nels Cline The Forum Bentley AU
Mar. 17, 24 Nels Cline Forum Melbourne AU
Mar. 18, 24 Nels Cline Forum Melbourne AU
Mar. 21, 24 Nels Cline Sydney Opera House Sydney AU
Mar. 21, 24 Mary Halvorson University of Tennessee, Knoxville Knoxville US
Mar. 22, 24 Nels Cline The Enmore Theatre Newtown AU
Mar. 28, 24 Jeff Parker Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus US
May. 03, 24 Mary Halvorson Brooklyn Brooklyn US
Jun. 02, 24 Charles Lloyd Jimmy’S Jazz And Blues Club Portsmouth US
Jun. 28, 24 Nels Cline Solid Sound Festival North Adams US
Jun. 29, 24 Nels Cline Solid Sound Festival North Adams US
Jun. 30, 24 Nels Cline Solid Sound Festival North Adams US

Dec. 8, 2023

Nels Cline
Teatro Diana
Guadalajara - Mexico

Dec. 9, 2023

Mary Halvorson
Jazz Gallery
New York - United States

Dec. 10, 2023

Nels Cline
Teatro Angela Peralta
San Miguel de Allende - Mexico

Dec. 30, 2023

Nels Cline
Phish After-Party: Medeski
New York - United States

Jan. 7, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Hey Nonny
Arlington - United States

Jan. 12, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Bowery ballroom
New York - United States

Jan. 19, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Théâtre Victor Hugo
Bagneux - France

Jan. 20, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Paradox Tilburg
Tilburg - Netherlands

Jan. 23, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Porgy & Bess
Vienna - Austria

Jan. 24, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Muffathalle
Munich - Germany

Jan. 25, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Opus Jazzclub
Budapest - Hungary

Jan. 25, 2024

Jeff Parker
Singletary Center for the Arts
Lexington - United States

Jan. 26, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Gems Kulturzentrum
Singen (Hohentwiel) - Germany

Jan. 26, 2024

Jeff Parker
Reva And David Logan Center For The Arts
Chicago - United States

Jan. 27, 2024

Jeff Parker
Hancher Auditorium
Iowa City - United States

Jan. 27, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Kunsthaus Nexus
Saalfelden - Austria

Feb. 3, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Regatta Bar
Cambridge - United States

Feb. 7, 2024

Nels Cline
The Falcon
Marlboro County - United States

Feb. 8, 2024

Nels Cline
Le Poisson Rouge
New York - United States

Feb. 9, 2024

Mary Halvorson
The Clarice
College Park - United States

Feb. 9, 2024

Nels Cline
Solar Myth
Philadelphia - United States

Feb. 10, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Buttenwieser Hall At The Arnhold Center
New York - United States

Feb. 10, 2024

Nels Cline
Solar Myth
Philadelphia - United States

March 12, 2024

Nels Cline
The Princess Theatre - Woolloongabba Queensland
Woolloongabba - Australia

March 13, 2024

Nels Cline
The Princess Theatre - Woolloongabba Queensland
Woolloongabba - Australia

March 15, 2024

Nels Cline
Canberra Theatre Centre - Caberra
Canberra - Australia

March 16, 2024

Nels Cline
The Forum
Bentley - Australia

March 17, 2024

Nels Cline
Forum
Melbourne - Australia

March 18, 2024

Nels Cline
Forum
Melbourne - Australia

March 21, 2024

Nels Cline
Sydney Opera House
Sydney - Australia

March 21, 2024

Mary Halvorson
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville - United States

March 22, 2024

Nels Cline
The Enmore Theatre
Newtown - Australia

March 28, 2024

Jeff Parker
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus - United States

May 3, 2024

Mary Halvorson
Brooklyn
Brooklyn - United States

June 2, 2024

Charles Lloyd
Jimmy’S Jazz And Blues Club
Portsmouth - United States

June 28, 2024

Nels Cline
Solid Sound Festival
North Adams - United States

June 29, 2024

Nels Cline
Solid Sound Festival
North Adams - United States

June 30, 2024

Nels Cline
Solid Sound Festival
North Adams - United States