Ornette Coleman (1930–2015) is best known as the man who freed up jazz for good. Coleman is widely regarded as the godfather of free jazz, a style of improvisation which was no longer bound by rhythm, conventional melodics, or chord changes.

Ornette Coleman

On recordings like "The Shape of Jazz to Come" (1959) and “Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation”, he and his prominent co-conspirators challenged traditional notions of harmony and structure unlike anyone before them. Despite his radical approach, he received numerous accolades throughout his career, including a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2007. Coleman's daring and visionary contributions to jazz continue to resonate and inspire artists in any genre.