Saxophonist David S. Ware, whose free improvisations are based on profound musical knowledge, is the only true successor of John Coltrane. Ware's powerful tone and unbridled imagination make him a unique musician on the free jazz scene. At school, he first played alto and then baritone sax before discovering the instrument on which he would become famous: the tenor saxophone. As a teenager he was captivated by Sonny Rollins. In the seventies the two giants rehearsed ceaselessly in Rollins' apartment in Brooklyn. It was there that Rollins taught him the technique of circular breathing. In 2002 Ware thanked his old mentor with a new arrangement of Rollins' timeless composition The Freedom Suite. Ware's most recent album is entitled Renunciation and he will be performing at this year's festival as David S. Ware New Group. The quartet is made up of guitarist Joe Morris, bassist William Parker and drummer Nasheet Waits who will also be performing with his own band.