RIP: Bern Nix, jazz guitarist who performed with Ornette Coleman, James Chance

RIP: Bern Nix, jazz guitarist who performed with Ornette Coleman, James Chance

From WBGO/Newark Public Radio:

Bern Nix, a thoughtfully expressive guitarist in the jazz avant-garde, best known for his close association with composer and saxophonist Ornette Coleman, died on Wednesday at his home in New York City. He was 69.

His death was confirmed by Denardo Coleman — Ornette’s son, and the drummer in his fusionesque band Prime Time, which has recently been preparing for a memorial Ornette Coleman Festival at Lincoln Center in July.

“I thought he was going to be here at rehearsal yesterday,” Denardo said of Nix. “We got together and rehearsed last week. He seemed to be in good spirits. So this was a total shock.” […]

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