NEW YORK (AP) Ornette Coleman won the Pulitzer Prize for music on Monday for his 2006 album, “Sound Grammar,” the first jazz work to be bestowed with the honor.

The alto saxophonist and visionary who led the free jazz movement in the 1950s and 1960s, won the Pulitzer at age 77 for his first live recording in 20 years.

The only other jazz artist to win a Pulitzer is Wynton Marsalis, who won in 1997 for “Blood on the Fields,” a three-hour oratorio on slavery.

In 2004, Pulitzer administrators decided to expand the criteria for the music prize, encouraging a broader range of music that included jazz, musical theater and movies.


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