Posts Tagged ‘Pharoah Sanders’

Jazz Setlist, September 13-19: Vive Gypsy Jazz!

Thursday, Sept. 13
The "Hot Club" trend is one that this writer hopes never goes away: Gypsy jazz is too good to fade out. A bit of context might help here: Around 1933 or so, somewhere in France, a Parisian violin virtuoso named Stephane Grappelli met a Belgian-born Romani guitarist named Django Reinhardt. Discovering their mutual [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 26-June 1: In Pharoah’s Army

Thursday, May 26

The great Albert Ayler once placed himself as the Holy Ghost in an avant-spiritual jazz trinity. Coltrane was the Father. The Son? That would be Pharoah Sanders. A tenor saxophonist like the others in the trinity, Sanders was the voice of raw spiritual fervor on Coltrane’s last and most difficult albums, then a [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 3-9: Short Notice!

Thursday, March 3
Of all John Coltrane's protegees–which to some extent includes every tenor saxophonist who came after him– Pharoah Sanders is the strongest and most important. A member of Trane's last band, the wild and free one, Sanders elaborated on his mentor's unspoken spiritual commitment and sometimes made it spoken, as in his best-known composition [...]

Sneak Preview: Bohemian Caverns’ 85th in ’11

While catching up with Bohemian Caverns' co-owner and talent booker Omrao Brown before tonight's Curtis Fullergig (a packed house, by the way), he reminded me that in 2011, the U Street jazz anchor turns 85 years old.
It's true. It was 1926 when Club Caverns opened in a dark, windowless basement on the corner of 11th [...]

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