John Coltrane’s ‘Cousin Mary’ dies in Philadelphia at 92
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jazz giant John Coltrane's cousin, who inspired the composition "Cousin Mary" from his landmark album "Giant Steps," has died in Philadelphia. Mary Lyerly Alexander was...
Review: Chrissie Hynde takes jazz turn on ‘Valve Bone Woe’
Chrissie Hynde, "Valve Bone Woe" (BMG)
Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde brings much of the same qualities to "Valve Bone Woe" — her latest collection of tunes, mostly orchestral jazz —...
‘Kind of Blue’ drummer still keeping time as album turns 60
As legend has it, Miles Davis assembled a super group of jazz musicians in a New York studio and recorded a bunch of songs without retakes. They left Columbia's 30th Street Studio having no idea...
Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn...
Historian seeks historic designation for World War II hut
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii historian and researcher is looking to preserve an old Quonset hut on Oahu that was possibly part of a segregated encampment for black laborers and enlisted men during World War II.
Today in History for July 17th
Papillion teen going places with tenor sax
PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — High school senior Cole Palensky talks about his tenor saxophone as though it's a person.
He says he likes the way it feels in his hands, the way his fingers click on the keys when he's practicing his technique.
"If it's all clicking, it's just so satisfying to me," he says.
He also likes the way the mouthpiece creates so many different sounds — bright like Coltrane or Brecker, mellow like Young or Getz.
$1.1M awarded to preserve African-American historic sites
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Grants totaling $1.1 million will help support important African-American heritage sites including the homes of jazz musician John Coltrane and playwright August Wilson, a Virginia location central to the slave trade and civil rights locations in Birmingham, a preservation group announced Friday.
Music Review: ‘Lost’ 1963 John Coltrane album a treasure
John Coltrane, "Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album" (Impulse! Records/Verve Label Group)
Paulson and Dretske to recreate famous jazz session
WINONA — Two top local saxophone players will team up to recreate a legendary recording session Sunday at Saint Mary’s University in Winona.
John Paulson and Ray Dretske will play selections by jazz greats Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, backed by the Saint Mary’s Jazz Combo. Included will be “Tenor Madness,” the one joint recording made by Rollins and Coltrane.
James Mtume returns to celebrate 35th anniversary of ‘Juicy Fruit’
For five decades, percussionist, composer and producer James Mtume, 71, has performed his music, moving easily through genres including alternative jazz, R&B, hip-hop and film scoring. Mtume’s talent is in his blood — he is a member of an illustrious Philadelphia family of musicians.
Music by Prince’s father featured on new album, tracking ‘that DNA thing’
Quiet, short and, of course, musical.
As they say: Like father, like son.
But this story is not about Prince; its about his late father, John L. Nelson.
His music is about to get discovered or rediscovered via a new CD lovingly put together by his oldest child, Sharon Nelson.
William Theodore Carney Jr., 92, percussionist
William Theodore Carney Jr., a percussionist, drummer and producer, died on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at Einstein Hospital. He was 92.
Carney was born in Philadelphia on Oct. 25, 1925. Carney, better known as “Mr. C,” began playing the violin in his early years before switching to drums and percussion.
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John A. Henry, a family therapist, died on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. He was 66.
He was born on Aug. 29, 1951 to the late Walter F. “Fred” Henry Sr. and Annette Henry in Philadelphia. The paternal family lineage can be traced to Ethiopa.
Memorial concert to honor John Coltrane
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Philadelphia
Today in History for July 17th
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The last surviving member of the Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" jazz album is scheduled to perform in Albuquerque as part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival.
Percussionist Jimmy Cobb is slated take part in a tribute to saxophonist Dexter Gordon at the Albuquerque Museum on Saturday.
The 88-year-old drummer still performs with his band, Cobb's Mob, and tours internationally.
The dimensions of jazz genius John Coltrane are widely known.
Not as well known: Coltrane the dad, who once walked miles from a performance through a snowstorm to his home in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, his pocket full of money needed to buy his daughter a new pair of shoes.
Think of Thai food as jazz: a supercharged collaboration of players that blow sweet, funky, salty, sour, spicy and acidic. The soloists step in and step out, but the end product should be balanced, cohesive and whole.
At Sawasdee Thai Cuisine, I kept looking for the sharp interplay of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. What I found time after time was Kenny G and Spyro Gyra. Familiar, safe, sweet. A pop version of Thai, smoothed over for maximum airplay.
What: Dr. Jeb Hallett will speak with painter West Fraser about his creative process at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St., downtown Charleston
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What: The Terrace Theater will hold two screenings of "Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary."
When: 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Where: Terrace Theater, 1956 Maybank Highway, Charleston
Album Score: 100Release year: 1965Album type: Studio albumGenre: Free jazz, hard bop, jazz"'A Love Supreme,' recorded with what was later called his classic quartet, is Coltrane's musical expression of his 1957 epiphany. It's the sound of a man laying his soul bare. Structured as a suite and delivered in praise of God, everything about the record is designed for maximum emotional impact, from Elvin Jones' opening gong crash to the soft rain of McCoy Tyner's piano clusters to Coltrane's stately...
Album Score: 98.33Release year: 1959Album type: Studio albumGenre: Jazz, hard bop, blues"History will undoubtedly enshrine this disc as a watershed the likes of which may never truly be appreciated. 'Giant Steps' bore the double-edged sword of furthering the cause of the music as well as delivering it to an increasingly mainstream audience." -- AllMusic
‘Precious Places’ series a visitor’s pass to local landmarks
PhillyCAM, the local public access cable station, is currently airing the “Precious Places Community History Project,” an anthology of 79 short documentaries that offer bits of local history and tackle issues of change.
The program, which broadcast at noon Sundays and 7 p.m. Mondays, is the community-wide initiative led by Scribe Video Center. It pairs community groups with Scribe filmmakers and scholars, documenting the public sites landmarks that define community neighborhoods.
Q&A: The-Dream on new EP, Kanye-Trump meeting, and Grammys
ATLANTA (AP) — The-Dream is reaping the benefits of a stellar music career inside his lavish Atlanta home in an area where the singer dreamt of living when he worked a few blocks away more than decade ago.
Rudy Van Gelder, legendary jazz recording engineer, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Van Gelder, the audio engineer who helped shape the sound of modern jazz on thousands of recordings, including such timeless albums as John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder" and Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," has died. He was 91.
Blue Note Records spokesman Cem Kurosman said Van Gelder died Thursday morning at his home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The home was also the site of Van Gelder's studio for more than half a century.