Together we celebrate the enduring vision of Alice and John Coltrane, whose relationship and creative output symbolized artistic achievement and Black excellence.
When they met and fell in love in 1963, John had already achieved fame as a saxophonist and composer, and Alice was a pioneering female jazz pianist. They became spiritual soulmates and musical travelers, exploring the intersection of earthly and divine love. Their goal was to be a force for good through music, promoting the unifying power of a shared musical experience and learning from each other. Join us as we honor this legacy and provide space for jazz musicians and artists to respond creatively to the life-altering impact of 2020, channeling the Coltrane spirit to bring you music that heals, entertains and inspires. This series is curated by Cat Henry.
SERIES LINE UP:
Saturday, September 18 at 7pm BRANDEE YOUNGER TRIO
Saturday, October 16 at 7pm ORRIN EVANS TRIO
Saturday, November 20 at 7pm JD ALLEN TRIO
Harpist Brandee Younger infuses her music with jazz, soul, and classical influences, digging deep into the harp tradition pioneered by Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby. Recently signed to Impulse Records, the future is bright for this rising star as she steps out of the shadow of her forebears to create her own legacy on this exceptional instrument, accompanied by Dezron Douglas on bass and Allan Mednard on drums.
Orrin Evans, a Philadelphia native, pianist, composer and educator, has always followed a vigorously individual path, believing passionately in the power of artistry to help people. His singular vision has led him to release poignant recordings on his label Imani Records, with his small group or as leader of the Captain Black Big Band. Here with his trio (Luques Curtis on bass & Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums), expect shuffle blues, soft ballads, and a dash of Philly soul.
In a review of JD Allen’s recent release, “Toys / Die Dreaming” (August 2020) Larry Blumenthal of the Wall Street Journal stated, “Mr. Allen is an essential voice on jazz’s landscape for both his force and his restraint, as well as for the beauty of his tenor saxophone’s sound”. Allen and his co-creators, Ian Kenselaar on bass and Nic Cacioppo on drums, weave a mesmerizing narrative with short melodies as jumping off points for collective improvisation, underpinned by deep grooves and unexpected rhythmic motifs.
$25 General Admission
$40 Premium Admission
$100 Series Pass (premium table seating at all three concerts)