Sunday, June 14, 2015

RAW and jazz


Ornette Coleman

Oz Fritz has just done a nice tribute to Ornette Coleman, the legendary boundary-pushing jazzman who died on June 11.

Which leads me to pose a question: Can anyone give some information about the jazz artists that RAW enjoyed? I know he liked jazz, as any intelligent young person in the 1950s would, and that one of the artists he liked was the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Yet I don't know much about this aspect of his life. His literary tastes are pretty well documented (look for example at the bottom of this link) , we have a lot of information on what movies he liked,  and we know that he loved Beethoven, Mozart, Bach and Mahler, yet I know little about which jazz musicians he listened to. Can anyone help?