Thad Wilson, Joanne Brackeen, and more in this week's jazz roundup.
Posts Tagged ‘Pharoah Sanders’
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]