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[iNSiDE] THE JAZZ NOTE® Guest Artist Series: John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, Hosted by Ashley Kahn
As part of the [iNSIDE] THE JAZZ NOTE® Guest Artist Series, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS presents “John Coltrane’s Giant Steps: Balance of Science + Soul,” hosted by GRAMMY Award-winning writer and jazz historian Ashley Kahn. This classic, still celebrated and studied far beyond jazz circles, was released in the first weeks of the tumultuous 1960s. A landmark in modern jazz composition and improvisation, it is revered for Coltrane’s exploration into third-related chord movements—the so-called “Coltrane changes”—and several tunes have become jazz standards, including the ballad “Naima” and the title track. Yet, for all of the focus Coltrane devoted to the inner musical mechanics of jazz, it did not impede his lyrical priority as a soloist, nor his compositional knack for inventing memorable, deeply entrancing melodies. Grasping this unique and lasting balance is the focus of this discussion, with musical examples and insights that help explain why Giant Steps remains one of the most talked-about albums of the modern era. Presented with educational partner, Rutgers University, Institute of Jazz Studies.