June 20, 1992 |
More than one jazz historian has commented that watching the late tenor saxophone master John Coltrane perform was like participating in a highly spiritual church service. Thursday at the Academy of Music, in a three-hour Mellon PSFS Jazz Festival tribute that featured many of Coltrane's associates, just about every solo drew a few "amens. " All were deserved. It wasn't that pianist McCoy Tyner's trio, drummer Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine - which featured Coltrane's youngest son, Ravi, on tenor and soprano - or tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd attempted to replicate Coltrane's flurrying, sometimes furious patterns.
May 16, 2005 |
Ravi Coltrane's introductory notes to his father's standard ballad "Naima" illustrated the stylistic existential dilemma he has faced since he first picked up a saxophone. The 39-year-old tenorist has spent most of his professional life trying not to be like John Coltrane. And his soft, light introduction, which evolved quickly into filigreed wrought iron - pretty but strong - asserted his independence. But the theme Saturday night at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater - explorations of John Coltrane's music in Latin contexts, in the fifth and last of the "Take the Col'train" series - also illustrated that anyone who plays saxophone, or Coltrane's music on any horn, has to contend with his long, bright shadow.
March 15, 2013 |
NORMAN GADSON bought John Coltrane's old house in Strawberry Mansion in 2004 from Mary "Cousin Mary" Alexander, a relative of the jazz saxophonist. Not long after, he'd call up musicians in the city and ask them to come over to jam in 'Trane's house. Lenora Early, Gadson's widow, said her husband, a fervent jazz fan, intended to fix up the house and open it as a jazz venue. "He just loved jazz," Early said of Gadson. But he died in 2007, before he could restore the house, on 33rd Street near Oxford.
March 4, 2003 |
It is a house where music took giant steps, where saxophonist John Coltrane, an icon of modern jazz, composed works in the 1950s that still amaze and inspire. Yet, little by little, this historic North Philadelphia rowhouse, sandwiched by two vacant houses, is sliding into disrepair. Outside, a plaque installed by the National Park Service in 1999 reads: "In this place John Coltrane, African American jazz innovator, composed music for his first recordings in the 1950s. Through his musical genius and significant contribution to American music, Coltrane wrote his own epitaph.
June 7, 1992 |
"John Coltrane practiced all the time," said Jimmy Oliver, the diminutive, soft-spoken tenor saxophonist who has been a mainstay of the Philadelphia jazz scene since the 1940s. "All the time," repeated Oliver as the other musicians in the living room nodded in assent. "Something I can't ever seem to do. On the road, OK. But at home, I get a little lax. Not Coltrane - he was a little more than dedicated. "When you say the name Coltrane, you think about music, not what he may have done in his daily life," said Oliver of the legendary saxophonist, to whom the Mellon PSFS Jazz Festival, which runs Thursday through June 21, is dedicated.
June 24, 1993 |
The warm, mellow sounds of the Michael Pedicin Quartet, mouth-watering Cal- Italian edibles and a bright, cozy atmosphere are what you'll get if you venture to Girasole Ristorante in Atlantic City on Friday and Saturday nights. When the restaurant opened at the Ocean Club Condominiums last year on the heels of its successful Philly outlet, it became an instant hit among upscale folks who otherwise might not have ventured to the honky-tonk casino town. And now, in addition to its excellent brick-oven pizzas, pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads, Girasole has some tasty jazz on its menu.
August 20, 2001
JAZZ STARS today just don't play sax the way John Coltrane did. A mural in his honor would be an inspiration to any neighborhood. It teaches children their black culture. I'm trying to get a mural put up next to a vacant lot. I would be more than glad to have his mural here. Dorothy L. Banner, Philadelphia
February 12, 1999 |
When pianist Alice Coltrane and her saxophonist sons Ravi and Oran played together in the middle of Tuesday night's "Africa Brass" concert at the First Unitarian Church, something magical happened. The magic wasn't necessarily a function of the family's music, though the Coltranes did occasionally approach transcendence during "O Bhagavan" and father John Coltrane's "Crescent. " It was more the beginning of a coming of age for the younger son, Oran, an altoist with a heretofore much lower profile than his mother and brother.
June 19, 1998 |
The John W. Coltrane Cultural Society opens its summer backyard concert series tomorrow with the Odean Pope Trio. The series is staged behind 1511 N. 33rd St. in Strawberry Mansion, the house where the great tenor saxophonist John Coltrane lived. This year, the series has received a corporate boost from Seagram Americas, which also contributed $10,000 to renovate the house next door into a Coltrane cultural center and headquarters for the society. Seagram Americas will also sponsor the society's Coltrane birthday celebration in September.
July 26, 1996 |
Ravi Coltrane, son of sax great John Coltrane, will perform in Philly tomorrow, in the house where his father lived. This marks the first time Ravi, another sax man, will bring his band to 1511 N. 33rd St. in Strawberry Mansion. His appearance is part of the John W. Coltrane Cultural Society's annual Backyard Concert series. It also is part of the Coltrane Project of Philadelphia, a series of events that will continue into May 1997. The project's purpose: celebrate Coltrane's spirit and music, and introduce jazz to children and city neighborhoods.