A Jazz Tribute: Celebrating the Life of John Coltrane

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Very few names are as synonymous with jazz music as John Coltrane, the legendary saxophonist who helped pioneer free-form jazz, working with greats like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. And like many other musicians, the years of Trane’s early life and career were spent in Philadelphia, the city that helped shape his one-of-a-kind talent and incomparable style.

It was during 1952 to 1958, while residing at 1511 N. 33rd St., a row house overlooking Fairmount Park in Strawberry Mansion, that Coltrane recorded and released his seminal second album Blue Train, a record influenced by his lush urban surroundings and one that continues to shape jazz music. The LP’s title track, “Moment’s Notice” and “Lazy Bird” have become standards, utilizing his unique chord substitution cycles that became known as Coltrane changes. And the address he considered home back then is still open as a national historic landmark for visitors.

This Sunday, for the third year, Philadelphians will gather to celebrate Trane’s legacy with an outdoor festival featuring top jazz talents. Local tenor sax hero Sam Reed, pianist Alfie Pollitt and bassist Buster Williams are among the veterans slated to be in attendance. All-star groups Urban Guerilla Orchestra and the Grover Washington Tribute Legacy Band, saxophonist Umar Raheem, trumpeter Leon Jordan Jr. and more will join them. There will be food vendors, of course, as well as crafts, at this all-ages event. Jazz fans, don’t miss it. / DREW O’MEARA

2pm. Free. Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St. 215.232.4485. artsanctuary.org
 

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Sunday, September 08, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

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2pm Free.

WHERE
Church of the Advocate , 1801 W. Diamond St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 09/08/2013. .

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