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 of three concerts and one talk is curated by Cat Henry.
SERIES LINE UP:
*NEW DATE!* Tuesday, September 14 at 6pm ASHLEY KAHN – A Love Supreme: The Lives and Music of Alice & John Coltrane
Saturday, September 18 at 7pm BRANDEE YOUNGER TRIO
Saturday, October 16 at 7pm ORRIN EVANS TRIO
Saturday, November 20 at 7pm JD ALLEN TRIO
Grammy-winning music historian Ashley Kahn, author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album and other popular books, delivers a presentation focusing on the lives and music of John and Alice Coltrane. Balancing musical insight with fascinating stories, Kahn will bring their careers into a modern-day perspective—discussing the musical influences and spiritual devotion they shared, even as their music proved so influential, enduring, and vastly different. This talk is FREE, reservations recommended.
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 Endea Owens on bass and EJ Strickland 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
SPONSOR TABLES (tables of 2 or 4 only):
Enjoy pre-set nibbles and beverages at your own cabaret-style table for 2 or 4
$150 Single Concert Sponsor – Table for 2/ $300 Single Concert Sponsor – Table for 4
$350 Series Sponsor – Table for 2/ $700 Series Sponsor – Table for 4
Reservations for the FREE Ashley Kahn talk can be made here.
FREE Live from Hudson Hall Livestream (concerts only, reservations required)
The A Love Supreme: Celebrating the Legacy of Alice & John Coltrane series is sponsored by
COVID SAFETY: All ticket holders to live, in-person events intended for adults are required to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 upon entry. For events designed for families and youth, unvaccinated children under 12 may attend. For the safety of the community, we are not making exceptions for people unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. Read our updated COVID policy here.
Hudson Hall’s programming is made possible by New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Kathy Hochul and the New York Legislature.