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David Ornette Cherry with Organic Roots

David Ornette Cherry with Organic Roots

Jazz / world / Nu-Jazz Portland, OR  US
Freedom In Music
Freedom In Music
Remain Close To The Great Spirit
Remain Close To The Great Spirit
Black President
Black President
Sing To My Heart
Sing To My Heart


  • 2012

    Jan 14

    Portland, OR, US | 8:00pm

    David Ornette Cherry’s new CDs  “ETERNAL MONOLOGUE” and “THE SILENCE WE HEAR”   is now available on Amazon, I­Tunes. “ETERNAL MONOLOGUE”  featuring Renato Caranto ­  Sax,  Jan Cherry ­ Violin, Carlton Jackson – Drums/soundscape, Blacque Butterfly – Spoken  word. Download only  Website: http://www.amazon.com/Eternal­ Monologue/dp/B006OJK8TO/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325523215&sr=301­1     Second CD is “THE SILENCE WE HEAR featuring Carletta Hewitt­Cherry on piano “Interlude  To Silence, this cd is a classical soundscape music. Download only  Webiste: http://www.amazon.com/The­Silence­We­ Hear/dp/B006OLZ0DG/ref=sr_shvl_album_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1325523215&sr=301­2  ­  CD RELEASE PARTY FOR THE “ETERNAL MONOLOGUE” CD  Featuring: Carlton Jackson – drums/ soundscape, Frank Tribble – guitar, Ty North – bass,  David Ornette Cherry – piano/ Keys/ spirit flute/ dousn’ gounni, and a very special surprise  guest  DATE: January 14TH 2012  TIME: 9PM  VENUE: THE BLUE MONK                 3341 S.E. BELMONT STREET                 PORTLAND, OR 97214                 503­595­0575                   Eternal Monologue   It is not freedom from something but the freedom to do something that deter­   mines the direction; that is, it’s not the avoidance of tonality, consonance, meter   and everything else likely to awaken associations with the past, but the unlimited   possibilities of choice.  The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts   into your mind, but how to get old ones out.  Every mind is a building filled with   archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.   Creativity is seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out             2 how you can bring it into being and in that way be a playmate with God.    There is a spirit in all music.  The spirit has the ability to conjure up thoughts,   even pictures, of something that happened or you wished would happen or you   anticipate happening. Music has the ability to create ideas in you and me. It has   the ability to encourage us to be creative.   From the Lakota People:  “Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.    Remain close to the Great Spirit.  Show great respect for your fellow beings.    Work together for the benefit of all Mankind. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed. Be truthful and honest at all times. Take full responsibility for your actions.” Music has power, so I want to use it consciously and spiritually. When I play it as a musician or share it as an artist, or when you as a listener share it with others, I want the music to be a positive experience. --David Ornette Cherry, January, 2012

  • 2010

    Oct 15

    Portland, OR, US | 7:00pm

    The Hillsboro Story is a unique performance piece integrating movement, monologues, and visual  images, backed by an evocative original music score by jazz composer, David Ornette Cherry.  It tells  the story of the first test case for Brown v. Board of Education (May 1954) in the North, in the  playwright’s hometown of Hillsboro, near the Mason‐Dixon Line.  A third‐grade witness the local  “colored school” in flames and the five African‐American mothers who took legal action, Banyas  returned home in 2003 as a cultural detective interviewing more than 50 community members and  Civil Rights leaders to create this engaging theatrical piece. 

  • 2010

    Apr 9

    Portland, OR, US | 9:30pm
  • 2009

    Dec 5

    Los Angeles, CA, US | 8:00pm

    DAVID ORNETTE CHERRY ORGANIC ROOTS, featuring: Randell Willis- sax, Ollie Elder Jr.-bass, Reggie Carson-bass, John L. Price-percussion, Stephen "Breeze" Smith- soundscape/drums, David Ornette Cherry-piano/melodica..... Cherry coming home to LA to play the World Stage!

  • 2009

    Dec 4

    Portland, OR, US | 10:00pm

    David Ornette Cherry with Impressions of Energy



Label: Cherry Extract Music

Manager: McCoy Artist Group

Bio: David Ornette Cherry grew up in Watts, California. This Watts young man later won the 2003 ASCAP- Chamber Music America Award for adventurous Programming of Contempory Music.
The pulses and melodies that arise from his jazz, classical, African, world music background, and from playing with some ...See Full Bio

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“Malian drums and synthesized percussion and sound effects was startlingly unique, and you can't blame the spectators in the back for standing dangerously on top of chairs to get a better view”

— Grant Butler, Oregonian

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