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[iNSIDE] THE JAZZ NOTE Guest Artist Series: “Alice Coltrane: The Swamini Who Swung” Hosted by Ashley Kahn
When John Coltrane suddenly succumbed to liver cancer in July of 1967, the 30-year-old pianist Alice McLeod Coltrane found herself a widow with four children, with no career of her own to speak of, and the burden of preserving her husband’s legacy. In less than a year, she learned to play harp, signed with Impulse! Records, began recording a singular fusion of musical styles unlike any other, and set upon a spiritual journey of her own that would lead her to become a swamini, a Vedic leader establishing an ashram in southern California. Through video and musical excerpts, we will celebrate and examine an African-American woman who defied convention to create a musical legacy that resonates as strongly today—almost 15 years since her passing in 2007—as when she first recorded them. Welcome to the world of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. Om shanti. Curated by Ted Chubb, trumpeter & JAZZ HOUSE Director of Cultural Programming.
Open to all jazz lovers and students. Click here to register for the February 3rd session!