Ornette Coleman's Meltdown 2009 kicks-off this Friday, 12th June

Posted: 10th June 2009
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Bringing a jazzy/ soulful/ funky feel to this year's Meltdown at the Southbank is curator for 2009: free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

Opening proceedings on Friday 12th June is Afrobeat legend Tony Allen - the one-time drummer and musical director for the kate Nigerian musician and composer Fela Kuti. Saturday sees jazz saxophonist/ bass clarinetist David Murray and his Gwo-Ka Masters at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, whilst over at the Royal Festival Hall are Philadelphia's funky hip hopsters The Roots. Playing a free gig on the day will be hip hop/ fusion band Speakers Corner Quartet at the South Bank Centre.

Sunday will see sets by the Yoko Ono Plastic Band at the Royal Festival Hall (sold out), American guitarist and composer Marc Ribot at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and a free gig by Acoustic Ladyland at the Southbank Centre. On Monday, Senegalese singer and guitarist Baaba Maal will play the Royal Festival Hall, with New Jersey shooegazers Yo La Tengo playing the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Other highlights include Moby on Tuesday 16th June at the Royal Festival Hall (sold out), Bobby McFerrin at the Royal Festival Hall on the Wednesday, Patti Smith and the Silver Mount Zion Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall on the Thursday, Faith No More's Mike Patton also on the Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Saturday sees American bassist/ composer Charlie Haden play the Royal Festival Hall, whilst Four Tet's Kieran Hebden plays the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Curator Ornette Coleman closes the event on Sunday 21st June at the Royal Festival Hall - where he's also playing on the Friday 19th June.

Tickets, ranging from £8.50 to £25 are available now.

Daniel O'Connell