Posts Tagged ‘John Coltrane’

Byrdland: Why Donald Byrd Mattered to Jazz, Its Legitimacy, and D.C.

When news of Donald Byrd’s death was finally confirmed by major news outlets on Monday, it had been four days since his nephew by marriage, the jazz pianist Alex Bugnon, had announced his passing on Facebook. Byrd—a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who was the founding director of Howard [...]

Tonight: McCoy Tyner at the Birchmere

It's hard to overstate the importance of McCoy Tyner in the world of jazz and jazz piano over the past 50 years. Working with the John Coltrane Quartet, he helped revolutionize the music, to entrench both modalism and the avant-garde firmly into jazz, and to foster its development as a spiritual conduit. He reharmonized jazz, [...]

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