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.
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.
This year is a speical celebration for the annual Portland Jazz Festival. For ten days, February 18th to the 28th, the festival is proud to honor legendary saxophonist John Coltrane on his 90th birthday. With a full slate of honored guests in 100 plus events at a dozen different venues, the organizers will pay tribute to one of Jazz's greatest innovators, with the help of Mr. Coltrane's son Ravi as well.
Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders has been added to the PDX Jazz Festival program, an annual gala held in Portland. Sanders will use his time to help pay tribute to Mr. John Coltrane at the festival, which will be held from Feb. 18-28 in the booming Oregon city.
He's a painter and a prophet. This man named Ivo Perelman, compete with synesthesia, comes from Brazil to blow your mind with six CDs this year alone and 25 CDs over the last five years. Call it Saxarrhea. He goes into the studio with no rehearsal, no written music in hand and barely an idea of where the music will take him. Yet he is one of South America's most respected artists both on a canvas and on a stage. Just no sheet music, please.
Portland, Oregon saxophonist Rich Halley, for his 15th CD as a leader, spouts 'Eleven' originals with his 4. It's a rare mix of tenor, trombone, bass and drums eschewing tyypical piano glue in an effort to reach wide open spaces.
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.
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.
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.
Jazz legend Archie Shepp recently sat down with Red Bull Music Academy to chat it up about working with John Coltrane, revolutionizing his sound and his implications on free jazz versus blues.
Per Radio New Zealand National, a recent venture from Daniel Beban, who runs Wellington sound exploration space The Pyramid Club met a slick fellow who ran a little join called Slug's Saloon, his name was Jay Schultz.
Recorded less than a year before he died, the disc features the likes of Alice Coltrane on piano, Pharaoh Sanders on woods and flutes and Rashied Ali on drums--with Sonny Johnson filling in for Jimmy Garrison on bass.
Photographer Chuck Stewart approached his assignments much like any other photographer, and those unpublished documents that record companies decided not to print would never see the light of day.
Yusef Lateef, innovative tenor saxophonist, oboist, flutist and composer, died on December 23 after a brief illness, his wife Ayesha confirmed. He was 93.
In a world that seems more likely to rip us apart, rather than bring us together, there is the occasional exception that offers some glimpse of hope--no matter how misplaced it may be. More apropos, at a time when musicians would collaborate to boost record sales, rather than to further their creative consciousness, it’s refreshing to see like minds come together, indeed.