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The 9th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

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Jazz and Blues lovers enjoyed a breathtaking view on Oak Hollow Lake in High Point, North Carolina for the ninth annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. The two day event happens every Labor Day weekend. Saturday's lineup consisted of the John Coltrane Youth Workshop, Laurin Talese with the North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band under the direction of trumpeter and educator Mondre Moffett, five-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon who was joined by living legend Benny Golson, three-time ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Pharoah Sanders: Live At Antibes Jazz Festival Juan-Les-Pins

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The first official (allegedly) release of this album for over 30 years, Live At Antibes Jazz Festival Juan-Les-Pins July 21, 1968 captures Pharoah Sanders on the cusp of stylistic change. It is a disc hardcore Sanders fans will treasure. From 1965-1967, with his own bands and in those led by John Coltrane, Sanders' paint-stripping sonics matched those of Albert Ayler. But in 1967, on his second album as leader, Tauhid (Impulse!), Sanders signalled a new direction. The disc ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Pharoah Sanders at SFJAZZ

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Pharoah Sanders SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA September 22, 2017 As a senior statesmen of the saxophone, Pharoah Sanders requires no introduction to jazz afficianados. Nor is he a stranger to San Francisco's jazz scene: He has lived just across the bay, having resided in jny: Oakland after high school. Chances these days to see this Bay Area legend on his home turf are few and far between, so his appearance at SFJAZZ, where he headlined ...

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Pharaoh Sanders at SFJAZZ

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Pharoah Sanders SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 9, 2014 Pharoah Sanders is hardly a stranger to jny: San Francisco. Residing just across the Bay Bridge in jny: Oakland, the 74-year-old saxophonist has performed in the city on numerous occasions, including a solo gig at Grace Cathedral for SFJAZZ some years back. For this performance, SFJAZZ brought him back for a four-night gig, this time at its own hall and in the company of three seasoned ...

REASSESSING

Pharoah Sanders: Thembi

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Pharoah SandersThembiImpulse!1971 It is strange that two of the most striking albums made by saxophonist Pharoah Sanders during the first flush of late 1960s/early 1970s astral jazz have been so often overlooked in reissue series. Tauhid (Impulse!, 1967)--the recording which launched astral jazz, the style Sanders fashioned alongside harpist/pianist Alice Coltrane--and Thembi have been available only intermittently during the last 20 years. Tauhid is unalloyed bliss from start ...

REASSESSING

Pharoah Sanders, Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph: Spirits

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Pharoah Sanders, Hamid Drake, Adam RudolphSpiritsMeta2000 Following the death of saxophonist John Coltrane in 1967, two of his band members, pianist/harpist Alice Coltrane and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, aligned themselves to fashion--separately and together--music which became known as “astral jazz." The style foregrounded the African and Asian song forms, and percussion and drone instruments, which John Coltrane had explored during his final years, while favoring lyrical, leisurely improvisations in place of the intense, ...


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