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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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Albums

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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Harvesting Semblances and Affinities
Harvesting Semblances...
Pi Recordings
2010
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Invisible Paths: First Scattering
Invisible Paths:...
Tzadik
2007
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Weaving Symbolics
Weaving Symbolics
Label Bleu
2007
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