By TOM D'ANTONI // World-traveler, sometime PDX resident, on creativity, diversity, and his dad.
Welcome back to World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation.
Today we’ve got a true renaissance man with us. I know that term gets thrown around, but in this case it fits well.
Composer/multi-instrumentalist David Ornette Cherry comes back to Portland to write but when he’s not here he’s constantly in motion, travelling coast-to-coast and world-wide and playing very diverse musics.
He is, as you may know the son of beloved Jazz and World Music composer/trumpeter Don Cherry, one of the most influential musicians of his era.
Don is gone, but the spirit of his music is being advanced by his son. Of course David has his own voice and is involved in a wide variety of performance, including theater.
It’s always engaging to talk with him.
Meet David Ornette Cherry:
He will be back in Portland for a special show:
Organic Nation Listening Club is an evening of music performance and storytelling by jazz and world music composer David Ornette Cherry with a host of influential Portland jazz musicians, around the theme WE HEAR TOO FAST.
Cherry will take the audience into a deep listening space of images and emotional landscapes that evoke his childhood of growing up in Watts, surrounded by “free jazz” innovators, funk garage bands and musical legends. The cast of musicians will integrate their musical histories, their stories and how all of them landed in Portland. The music, humor, warmth, and political awareness from this group with “multi-culti” origins are sure to create a positive, spiritually uplifting and innovative evening of jazz and performance.
Thara Memory - trumpet
Norman Sylvester - guitar
Errick Lewis - bass
Carlton Jackson - drums, soundscape
Renato Caranto - Sax
David Ornette Cherry - piano, melodica, keys, dousn’ gounni