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What Was All Of That Noise About

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As Philadelphians, we easily take pride in the notion that John Coltrane was one of Jazz music's most important figures. We claim his musical roots, his ascendancy into musical stardom and some of us can also still point out locations where he lived, worked or hung out. We Philadelphians are generally proud of John Coltrane.


However, there was a time when folks weren't so sure. As John Coltrane's music became less and less "song-like," as he moved more toward suite-like, musical creations and even longer saxophone solos, fans and mostly, the critics considered his new musical path to be folly. Some, even called it Anti-Jazz.


On Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30pm, at the Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street, we present, What Was All Of That Noise About: John Coltrane, His Critics & The New Jazz. This community conversation will provide us with an opportunity to discuss the musical development of John Coltrane, and how his search for musical perfection triggered a firestorm of criticism, anger, disappointment and misunderstanding. We'll explore what he was after, what he did and the impact of his search.


Our special guests for this journey are George L. Starks, Ph.D. - Professor of Music and Saxophonist, Drexel University; Scott Robinson, Ph.D. - Franciscan Brother and Percussionist; Bobby Zankel - Composer and Saxophonist, Terry Adkins - Visual Artist/Professor of Visual Arts - University of Penn; Robert Kenyatta - Percussionist;


Join us and share your thoughts.



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