There's an embarrassment of riches in Los Angeles this weekend in celebration of both the Vernal Equinox and the birthday of John William Coltrane (September 23).
[Picture courtesy of Debra Hurd]
Friday, Sept. 21, 9pm. John Coltrane Birthday Celebration at the Underground Railroad (South Central Station), 3205 W. 54th Street, just one and one-half blocks east of Crenshaw Boulevard.
Hosted by saxophonist extraordinaire Jesse Sharps and visiting pianist Kaeef Ali from Philly.
Slated to perform are Sonship Theus, Henry “The Skipper” Franklin, Donald Dean, Lewis Spears, Kafi Roberts, Billy Harris, George Taylor and perhaps a few other honored guests. If you haven’t checked out Bongo and Wiletta’s new community performance space, that is reason enough. But this is also shaping up to be a special night!
Sunday, Sept. 23, 9pm. Reprise of the Coltrane Celebration at the Underground Railroad!
With exquisite timing, the saxophonist's Long Island home has just been given a National Historic Designation. And, a great new book on Trane by our friend Ben Ratliff has just hit the shelves. (Read a review of Coltrane: The Story of A Sound from author RJ Smith.) Also, check out the new Coltrane box set Interplay that has just been released.
AND, IN OTHER GANDERS ABOUT TOWN:
Sunday, Sept. 30, 10am-6pm. Watts Towers Jazz Festival, which will include the Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 6 & 7, 11:30am-10pm. Jazz at Drew Festival. On tap for Sunday is the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, Cedar Walton Quintet, and Curtis Fuller Super Band. (Unlike Watts, this is not free -- $50 admission!)