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Happy Birthday, John Coltrane!

Written by user on September 23, 2015

(John Coltrane in 1963, Photo: Hugo van Gelderen. Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Today marks what would have been the 89th birthday of the legendary saxophonist, composer, and bandleader John Coltrane!

In celebration, we’ve curated a short playlist on Spotify that plays highlights from his incredibly varied and trailblazing career, from some of his earliest hard bop work, his modal work with Miles Davis, to his groundbreaking quartet, to his ecstatic Free Jazz work that marks his later career.

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Reading Lists, Continued

Written by user on October 6, 2014

Earlier this year, we posted a list of recommended reading material on Jazz History, selected by our curator Phil Schaap. If you haven’t seen the list, you can check it out here.

You may have noticed that list stops at about 1940. We don’t want to leave out any styles, so here we go with our Reading List, Part 2!

1)┬áMasters of Bebop: A Listener’s Guide by Ira Gitler
Gitler is a legend amongst Jazz authors, and in reading this book, it’s easy …

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Artists Talk Trane

Written by user on September 24, 2014

Photo: Hugo van Gelderen

John Coltrane would have celebrated his 88th birthday on the 23rd. His status as one of the most universally beloved, admired, and imitated jazz artists has held true for more than half a century. In 2012, Jazz at Lincoln Center hosted a John Coltrane festival, and in preparation for that, we asked several artists to discuss the impact of John Coltrane, as well as to list their favorite Trane albums. What resulted was a remarkable …

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Happy Birthday, John Coltrane

Written by user on September 23, 2014

Today marks what would have been John Coltrane’s 88th birthday. In recognition, the extraordinary saxophonist Gary Bartz shares some of his thoughts about Trane:

“John Coltrane gave me an insight of how hard one needs to work in order to create music that has never been heard before. His work effort continues to inspire me. What a wonderful musical scientist he was. In order to compose music on the spot, one cannot leave any stone unturned. One lifetime is not long …

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