Ornette Coleman was a pioneering American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Born in 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas, he revolutionized the jazz scene with his unique approach to improvisation and composition. Coleman's innovative playing style, characterized by his use of unconventional scales and harmonies, challenged traditional notions of jazz and paved the way for the free jazz movement. His albums like "The Shape of Jazz to Come" and "Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation" are considered classics of the genre. Throughout his career, Coleman received numerous accolades including a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2007. His musical legacy continues to inspire generations of musicians.