Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Ornette Coleman Receives Honorary Doctorate (Obama, too)

Ornette Coleman and Barack Obama both received honorary doctorates during the 2010 University of Michigan commencement ceremony on May 1--Ornette's in music, the president's in law.

It's a good thing that those who bestow the degree didn't know that when asked why he never came up to teach at the Creative Music Studio (even though he was a cofounder), Ornette's response was, "Well, you know, then people would think I know something!" (from Music Universe, Music Mind, page 26)

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