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Happy Birthday John Coltrane! September 23, 1926

One of the greatest saxophone players. He influenced many musicians and helped pioneer bebop. In 1958, jazz critic Ira Gitle, coined the phrase ‘sheets of sound’ to describe his music. He played a lot of fast music, but also some beautiful ballads. “Naimia” is a great song by Coltrane, named after Juanita Naima Grubbs – his wife at the time.

John Coltrane Saxophone Video – Tenor – I Want to Talk About You

John Coltrane playing tenor sax live in front of an audience in 1962, Stockholm. I liked it, thought I would share.

Enjoy!

Giant Steps by Coltrane Flies by on the Page

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps solo flies by on the page.

Joh Coltrane Afro Blue

Coltrane playing Afro Blue by Mongo Santamaria, you can hear his version too- Afro Blue – Mongo Santamaria

John Coltrane on tenor sax

McCoy Tyner- piano

Jimmy Garrison- bass

Elvin Jones- drums

Coltrane Quotes

All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.
-John Coltrane

I think I was first awakened to musical exploration by Dizzy Gillespie and Bird. It was through their work that I began to learn about musical structures and the more theoretical aspects of music.
-John Coltrane

You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.
-John Coltrane

John Coltrane Quartet Impressions Part II

John Coltrane on tenor sax

McCoy Tyner- piano

Jimmy Garrison- bass

Elvin Jones- drums

John Coltrane Quartet Impressions

John Coltrane playing ‘Impressions’ with his quartet.

John Coltrane on tenor sax

McCoy Tyner- piano

Jimmy Garrison- bass

Elvin Jones- drums

John Coltrane and Stan Getz Hackensack Rifftide

Two monsters on the tenor sax- John Coltrane and Stan Getz .  Both Thelonius Monk (Hackensack) and Coleman Hawkins (Rifftide) claimed the tune.

Coltrane and Getz