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Steve Coleman

Steve began playing music just days before his 14th birthday as a freshman at South Shore High School on the south side of Chicago. His first instrument was violin but later that year he switched to the alto saxophone. For three years Steve studied the basics of music and saxophone technique, then he decided that he wanted to learn how to improvise. Looking for the best improvising musicians to listen to is what brought Steve to the music of Charlie Parker, although it helped that his father listened to Parker all the time. After spending two years at Illinois Wesleyan University Steve transferred to Roosevelt University (Chicago Music College) in downtown Chicago in order to concentrate on Chicago's musical nightlife. Specifically Coleman had been introduced to the improvisations of Chicago premier saxophonists Von Freeman, Bunky Green, Gido Sinclair, Sonny Greer and others and he wanted to hang out and learn from these veterans. By the time he left Chicago in May 1978, he was holding down a decent gig leading a band at the New Apartment Lounge, writing music, playing Parker classics, and getting increasingly dissatisfied with what he felt was a creative dead end in the Chicago scene.

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Discography

Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

Live at the Village...

Pi Recordings
2018

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Live at Village Vanguard Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

Live at Village...

Pi Recordings
2018

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Morphogenesis

Morphogenesis

Pi Recordings
2017

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Synovial Joints

Synovial Joints

Pi Recordings
2015

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Functional Arrhythmias

Functional Arrhythmias

Pi Recordings
2013

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The Mancy of Sound

The Mancy of Sound

Pi Recordings
2011

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Jan 18

Steve Coleman
The Mancy of Sound

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