Happy 85th Birthday John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

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Today, Friday September 23, 2011, we celebrate the 85th Birthday of John Coltrane.

As a Sirius/XM subscriber and rabid jazz music fan, I am enthralled that Sirius XM is offering a four-day music tribute to John Coltrane. It’s sympatico that Carlos Santana is hosting this event. Carlos Santana is a subject matter authority on Coltrane. He is directly responsible for expanding my field of vision for  John Coltrane’s music. I welcome the further education of gaining valuable insights from Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Ravi Coltrane and others during the width of this broadcast.

I have attended 16 Santana concerts and it never fails to touch my spiritual core when the Santana Band performs, “A Love Supreme”.  I lift my arms in praise of God during the chanting of this hymn. It is a magnificent way to thank God for the gifts of spirituality and healing power of music channeled by John Coltrane and Santana.

I highly recommend the book A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album by Ashley Kahn. It is the definitive work about jazz’s most definitive recording.

If you study the book site Web link closely you will see that there was an event at Joe’s Pub in NY City on November 12, 2002 which was a tribute to the reissue of the Deluxe Edition of A Love Supreme. We attended that event and I was very honored to meet Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane and Ashley Kahn that evening.

I felt the most wonderful spiritual vibe when I shook Alice Coltrane’s outstretched hand backstage. She had not seen the CD packaging before I asked her to sign it for me. She was so pleased to have a physical copy as she shared it happily with her family and friends. Then she asked me, “May I borrow your silver pen to sign other autographs? I said, “Certainly, Alice”. She made a special point of saying to me, “Do come back for it in a little while.” Which I did. Her smile was so radiant, I still beam thinking of her aura.

Carlos Santana Hosts John Coltrane Radio

John ColtraneIn celebration of the legendary jazz saxophonist and composer’s 85th birthday, John Coltrane Radio airs on Real Jazz from Thursday, September 22, the day before Coltrane’s 85th birthday, at 9 am ET through Sunday, September 25 on channel 67.
John Coltrane Radio will be hosted by Grammy® Award-winning musician and Coltrane aficionado, Carlos Santana, as well as his wife, musician Cindy Blackman-Santana and Coltrane’s son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, featuring the music spanning the jazz legend’s career, including his over 100 albums, performances and music from his years playing with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.
The channel features performances by the Asian-American Jazz Orchestra and Devin Philips recorded at the Portland Jazz Festival, as well as a special tribute performance by Roy Haynes and His Fountain of Youth Band recorded at the SiriusXM studios in New York. Additionally, you’ll hear musicians such as Roy Haynes, Hugh Masekela and Stanley Clarke and share personal stories and memories about Coltrane.

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