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Legends of Jazz Portraits by Garth Glazier
To capture that dimly lit, smoke-choked atmosphere of the 40’s and 50’s-era clubs is to feel the jazz in your bloodstream and tap your toes to the meter. For his portrait series, Garth gathered a certified Super Team of Earth’s Mightiest Jazz Heroes: Fitzgerald! Thelonious! Gillepsie! Coltrane! Assemble!
“Impressions" is a jazz standard composed by John Coltrane. While Coltrane only recorded the composition once in the studio (on June 20, 1962), he recorded it many times live, beginning with his 1961 engagement at the Village Vanguard. At least a dozen further live performances exist on various live albums up to 1965 including this 1961 version at the annual Newport Jazz Festival which appears on the album The 1961 Newport Set.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month!
In 2014, the National Museum of American History will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) with the theme Jazz Alchemy: A Love Supreme, to pay tribute to John Coltrane and the 50th anniversary of his composition “A Love Supreme.”
A specially created image of Coltrane by artist Joseph Holston graces this year’s JAM poster.
A few links to help you celebrate jazz music and its rich history: Ways To Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month // Smithsonian Jazz // Jazz Appreciation Month on Facebook // Jazz Appreciation Month on Twitter
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Milvertons’ Jazz Favourites — 10 / 35 → John Coltrane
John Coltrane was a saxophonist and composer who remains one of the most revered figures in jazz today. Early in his career Coltrane worked many key figures in the bebop and hard bop idioms such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk.
”At the end of this period Coltrane recorded his first album for Atlantic Records, Giant Steps, made up exclusively of his own compositions. The album’s title track is generally considered to have the most complex and difficult chord progression of any widely-played jazz composition. Giant Steps utilizes Coltrane changes. His development of these altered chord progression cycles led to further experimentation with improvised melody and harmony that he would continue throughout his career.” [x]
Later, Coltrane would carve important in-roads in the avant-garde and free jazz genres with his Quartets, the last featuring his wife Alice Coltrane on piano. Though he died in 1967 of liver cancer at the age of 40, he left behind vast amounts of music that continue to inspire and inform musicians of all disciplines. I love Coltrane’s rapidity (not a trait I usually admire in a sax player in large doses) because he manages to infuse meaning into every note. No matter how close together the notes are or how quickly they pass, they each keep a sense of individuality and purpose, rather than just being a manic succession of sounds that become meaningless in the larger scope of the piece.