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Offering: On John Coltrane
Public Discussion & Release Celebration
Please join Ars Nova Workshop, Temple University Libraries, and Resonance Records as we celebrate the life, work, and birthday of John Coltrane in conjunction with the release of Offering: Live At Temple University.
Offering: Live At Temple University documents a legendary concert by John Coltrane at Temple University's Mitten Hall in on November 11, 1966, nine months before his untimely death. It captures Coltrane in exemplary form, navigating a language he had developed during the last phase of his musical path with passion and clear logic. The concert features three members of his working quintet at the time: his wife, Alice Coltrane, on piano; Pharoah Sanders on saxophones and flute; and Rashied Ali on drums plus local bassist Sonny Johnson on bass (subbing for Jimmy Garrison) and an assortment of Philadelphia musicians, who sat in on the concert - Steve Knoblauch and Arnold Joyner on alto saxophones and Umar Ali, Algie DeWitt and Robert Kenyatta on percussion..
Direct transfers of the original master reels from a location recording by Temple’s then student-run WRTI-FM, remastered at 96kHz/24 bit, were tracked down in the station's archives by Coltrane scholar Yasuhiro Fujioka and form the basis for this release - the first of its kind in almost a decade.
Temple University Libraries, Ars Nova Workshop and Resonance Records will host a panel discussion on this historic concert with noted Philadelphia-based jazz critic and author Francis Davis (who was in attendance at the concert as an undergraduate student at Temple) and noted Sun Ra biographer and jazz historian John Szwed, local Philadelphia percussionist Robert Kenyatta (who appeared on the Temple concert) and Baltimore saxophonist Carl Grubbs, who was in attendance and is of relation to Coltrane's first wife, Naima. The panel will be moderated by J. Michael Harrison of WRTI-FM, host of "The Bridge," a 15-year-old program that bridges the gap between jazz and hip-hop and other contemporary black music.
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