Don Cherry (trumpeter)

Donald Eugene Cherry (November 18, 1936 – October 19, 1995)[1] was an American jazz trumpeter. Cherry had a long association with free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman, which began in the late 1950s. He also performed alongside musicians such as John Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Sun Ra, Ed Blackwell, the New York Contemporary Five, and Albert Ayler.

Don Cherry
Don Cherry, Münster, 1987
Background information
Birth nameDonald Eugene Cherry
Born(1936-11-18)November 18, 1936
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedOctober 19, 1995(1995-10-19) (aged 58)
Málaga, Spain
GenresFree jazz, world fusion
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsCornet, trumpet, wood flute, tambura, gamelan
Associated actsCodona, Ornette Coleman, Paul Bley, Sonny Rollins, New York Contemporary Five, Naná Vasconcelos, La Monte Young, Old and New Dreams, Abdullah Ibrahim

In the 1970s, Cherry became a pioneer in world fusion music, drawing on traditional African, Middle Eastern, and Hindustani music. He was a member of the ECM group Codona, along with percussionist Naná Vasconcelos and sitar and tabla player Collin Walcott.[2] AllMusic called him "one of the most influential jazz musicians of the late 20th century."[3]