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John Coltrane

John William Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina. At the age of three his family moved to High Point, NC, where young Coltrane spent his early years. His father, John Robert Coltrane, died in 1939, leaving twelve year-old John and his mother on their own. His mother, Alice Blair Coltrane, moved to New Jersey to work as a domestic while John completed high school. John played first the clarinet, then alto saxophone in his high school band. His first musical influence was the tenor saxophonist Lester Young of Count Basie's band. In June of 1943, after graduation, Coltrane moved to Philadelphia to be closer to his mother. After a yearlong stint in the Navy (1945-46), Coltrane began playing gigs in and around Philadelphia

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 1

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We may still be months away from developing vaccines to tame the threat that COVID19 poses to our bodies. But given the centrality of the mind-body connection for our physical well being, we should not forget that we continue to have music to support our minds during these challenging times. So I have reached ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Archive of Contemporary Music

Read "The Archive of Contemporary Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Lower Manhattan, sits a musical gold mine. It's the motherlode of recorded music though the small, brightly colored sign above a grey steel door provides only a cryptic clue. The dusty window display of rare 78 RPM records, broken into erratic pie charts serves as a vestige of the past and a cautionary tale about ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Gemma Sherry Releases Her Debut Jazz Recording, 'Songs I Love'

Gemma Sherry Releases Her Debut Jazz Recording, 'Songs I Love'

The impressive young vocalist Gemma Sherry will be hosting CD launch parties in New York and her native Australia singing her favorite repertoire of jazz classics On her debut album Sherry’s luscious voice is joined by pianist Billy Woodman and bassist Mike Waite with a guest appearance by saxophonist Patsy Gamble. The album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Parker & The New Breed: Suite For Max Brown

Read "Suite For Max Brown" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Guitarist Jeff Parker spent many years in Chicago involved in the city's fertile jazz and experimental music scene, primarily as a member of the AACM and the band Tortoise. In 2013 he relocated to Los Angeles. Since then, his music as a leader has combined a 70's rhythm and blues vibe with the sampling, electronic manipulation ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jan Hammer Will Release Sketches In Jazz On March 27

Jan Hammer Will Release Sketches In Jazz On March 27

While he may be best known for his Grammy-award-winning music for Miami Vice, Jan Hammer’s roots have always been planted firmly in jazz. He was 14 when he formed his first jazz trio in Czechoslovakia, after which he came to the United States to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music. He spent a year ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lakecia Benjamin, Kenny Barron-Dave Holland, Kassa Overall & New Releases

Read "Lakecia Benjamin, Kenny Barron-Dave Holland, Kassa Overall & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In our weekly exploration of new releases, here are beautiful albums featuring piano trios, adventurous guitarists, Miles Davis alumni, a tribute to John Coltrane and vocalists that explore electro-acoustic soundscapes. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Franck Amsallem “Baton Rouge" Gotham Goodbye (jazz&people) ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ted Poor: You Already Know

Read "You Already Know" reviewed by Chris May

Breaking news 3/23/20: Impulse! is getting its mojo back. Showing definite signs of, anyway... Since its glory days in the 1960s and 1970s, Impulse! has been little more than a logo wheeled out by its parent company, Universal Music, to lend credibility to unrelated one-off projects. Until very recently, the only newly recorded ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

James Senese: Un Jazzista a metà

Read "James Senese: Un Jazzista a metà" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Quando tra gli anni ottanta e novanta James Senese andò a suonare negli Stati Uniti i musicisti americani non credettero al fatto che fosse napoletano scambiandolo, per il suo modo unico di suonare, per un sassofonista di Chicago. Un aneddoto che ben fa capire la capacità di James Senese di essere allo stesso tempo portavoce della ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy, Jamie Safir: What's New

Read "What's New" reviewed by Chris May

What's new? Not the dozen songs on this enchanting trio album. Most of them have been around for well over fifty years and people will likely still be enjoying them in another fifty. The composers include Duke Ellington, Richard Rodgers, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Van Heusen, Michel Legrand and Leonard Bernstein. Musically sophisticated and lyrically literate, the ...


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