ORNETTE SPEAKS: A Cartoon Grammar

The graphic novel ORNETTE SPEAKS illustrates the words saxophone genius and composer Ornette Coleman (1930-2015) spoke in filmed interviews. Ornette coined the term "free jazz" in 1961 and delivered fresh, aggressive and stream-of-consciousness avantgarde blues-flavoured jazz for decades. Generated in a spontaneous process using a 4X4 panel grid within a square layout (like an LP or CD sleeve,) the book emulates jazz music's use of improvisation on basic forms. Ornette's life, music and philosophy are a joyful victory over racism and conformity. Generously supported by a grant from the Toronto Arts Council.