David Ornette Cherry, a pianist, songwriter, and jazz trumpeter, died away. David Ornette Cherry was pronounced dead on Sunday, November 20, 2022, after paying tribute to his father at the London Jazz Festival.
According to sources, David Ornette Cherry allegedly died of an asthma attack when he was in his hotel room. David Ornette Cherry was 64 years old when he passed away. Funeral arrangements are being kept confidential.
His departure has grieved everyone in his circle of friends and family, who have sent tributes and condolences to him on social media and prayed for him in the afterlife.
David Ornette Cherry was a composer and performer who spent a lot of time in Portland after moving there from Watts, Los Angeles, where he was born. He was the son of the renowned jazz trumpeter, Don Cherry.
He was given the middle name Ornette in honour of Coleman, who Don Cherry collaborated with on the album Something else the year David was born. David Cherry started performing with his father at 16 and grew up in a Los Angeles home immersed in the sounds of modern jazz.
He used a variety of instruments, including an acoustic piano, electronic keyboards and a melodica, a wood flute. While maintaining a solid base in progressive jazz, David Cherry also broadened his influence to embrace various world music styles and ambient sound.
I have developed a variety of musical expressions that I refer to as my “mosaic of sound” as a result of my music career and education, he wrote. “I am influenced by the music of the world, namely soul music, which is woven together with sensual melodies and strong rhythms. I combine jazz and global idioms, but I’m also influenced by how modern technology is incorporated into that sound.
Cherry frequently and creatively collaborated with other artists, occasionally working with playwrights and choreographers. The late vocalist Lindy Mah and novelist Susan Banias, for whom he wrote the score for the stage adaptation of her book, were two of his Oregon partners.