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Sax Legend Archie Shepp Reflects on Seeing John Coltrane for the First Time

Sax Legend Archie Shepp Reflects on Seeing John Coltrane for the First Time >>

The essence of John Coltrane is music and it was perhaps his life's mission to break music from a traditional grip. Recanting his affinity for the jazz archetype, the also-archetypal Archie Shepp reflects on witnessing Coltrane for the first time and how the saxophonist was able to communicate an entire musical manifesto through the voice of his horn.

San Francisco's Church of John Coltrane Faces Eviction from Fillmore

San Francisco's Church of John Coltrane Faces Eviction from Fillmore >>

As John Oliver proved on Last Week Tonight, the routes to form a church in the U.S. are remarkably easy to navigate. The Church of John Coltrane, though, may not be having as easy a time remaining intact, as the Church's headquarters at the Fillmore Auditorium is under fire as the landlord is threatening to evict.

Branford Marsalis

REVIEW: Branford Marsalis Recreates Coltrane's Classic `A Love Supreme' at the Bimhuis >>

The John Coltrane Quartet performed their greatest work, 1964's 'A Love Supreme,' only once on a stage. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this seminal jazz recording, tenor saxophonist Branford Marsalis recreates that love on stage in Holland at the Bimhuis--a space beloved by musicians since 1973, since no food or drink is allowed to be sold in the room itself.

John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' Marks 50 Years, One-Off Debut in France Surfaces on YouTube

John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' Turns 50 >>

On June 26, 1965, John Coltrane performed, for the only time in his career, "A Love Supreme" to a live audience. Perhaps dividing jazz listeners early on, nonetheless, Supreme has been ranked by critics as one of the most iconic jazz albums in existence. This month brought the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane recording "A Love Supreme" with Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Garrison. The following year the album was released and revolutionized the genre. As NPR notes, the recording is "a spiritual declaration that his musical devotion was now intertwined with his faith in God." And to add to this shrouded musical legacy, Coltrane only held one performance of the album. A one-off in Antibes, France, July 26, 1965, saw the unparalleled excellence of Coltrane as he wailed from his instrument.

Ravi Coltrane to Perform Father's 'Love Supreme' Dec. 10-14 in San Francisco Gala Honoring Album

Ravi Coltrane to Perform 'Love Supreme' Dec. 10-14 in San Francisco Gala >>

For some listeners, the iconic John Coltrane album "A Love Supreme" is a masterwork of the jazz genre. John's son Ravi felt that it was like "when planets align," to be specific. Thus, Ravi Coltrane announced that he will lead a five-night gala Dec. 10-14 to celebrate the album, and all are welcome to attend. Starting Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco, Ravi Coltrane, 49, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his father's idyllic composition. With a little help from his friends like saxophonists Joe Lovano and Steve Coleman, pianist Geri Allen, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Matthew Garrison, the Turtule Island Quartet and more, the event should be most resounding.

PHOTOS: Classic Rap and Jazz Albums Get a New Medium for Their Artwork via Japanese Doodle Master and His Tumblr

PHOTOS: Classic Rap and Jazz Album Covers Via Japanese Doodle Master's Tumblr >>

Some of your favorite classic rap and jazz artwork receive a well-deserved homage in the form of CDR artwork--by none other than a Japanese doodle master.

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