Don Cherry (November 18 1936–October 19 1995) was an innovative jazz trumpeter probably best known for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Cherry was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and raised in Los Angeles, California.
Cherry became well known in jazz in 1958 when he performed with Ornette Coleman, first in a quintet with pianist Paul Bley and later in what became the predominantly piano-less quartet which recorded for Atlantic Records. Cherry appeared in a variety of settings with the leading musicians of the day through the 1960s: he co-led the Avant-Garde session with John Coltrane, recorded and toured with Sonny Rollins, co-led the New York Contemporary Five in Manhattan, recorded and toured with Albert Ayler and with bandleader and composer George Russell.
He then lived for a number of years in Paris and Sweden.
In addition to bebop, Cherry incorporated influences of Middle Eastern, traditional African, and Indian music into his playing. His album ...