Coltrane is one of the true giants of jazz who has embedded jazz into our consciousness as the powerful art form it is. Born in Hamlet, N.C., raised in Highpoint, he later moved to Philadelphia before a stint in the service. Soon after, Coltrane took his place on the world stage as a jazz master nurtured along with important and productive collaborations with others like Miles and Monk.
This session will present a stimulating presentation of Coltrane and his influence on jazz and American culture at large. Presenters include Fred Joiner, a published poet and student of Coltrane’s legacy who will present elements of current scholarship on Coltrane as well as some vintage footage of the master at work. Paul Carr, a D.C. jazz great himself who has studied Coltrane’s music and made it an important part of his own artistry, will demonstrate some of the nuance of Coltrane’s style. Paul directs the Jazz Academy Orchestra, his youth jazz project as well as the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival; he also performs regularly at Jazz Night at Westminster.
Thinking About Jazz is a bi-monthly presentation and discussion on select topics concerning our great art form of jazz. It is a FREE event; refreshments, door prizes and great conversation are always provided.