Bobby Zankel, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and leader of the pioneering big band, Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, has written his own composition based on the four parts of John Coltrane’s iconic suite and record album, A Love Supreme
(Impulse, 1965). It will be premiered on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 6pm in the open air space at the Walnut Street West Free Library. (The space can be accessed from 40th Street, just below Walnut.) The concert is part of the 40th Street Summer Series. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Rotunda auditorium, 4014 Walnut Street, at the same date and time.
For this very special performance, celebrating Coltrane’s 86th Birthday, Bobby Zankel is joined by two saxophone masters: Odean Pope
, best known for his two decades with the Max Roach
Quartet; and Dave Liebman
, who performed and recorded with Miles Davis
from 1970 to 1974.
Zankel, who worked extensively with pianist Cecil Taylor
and studied for several years with Philadelphia legend Dennis Sandole, is setting new standards for jazz compositions rich in musical expression and complexity. This concert promises to be a memorable occasion where exciting new musical breakthroughs abound. Coltrane came of age in North Philadelphia, and his pianist, the great McCoy Tyner
, is from West Philadelphia, not far from the site of the concert. Premiering Zankel’s composition in a public neighborhood space is a touching tribute to these legends.