Happy Birthday John Coltrane!

To celebrate John Coltrane’s 80th birthday, a jazz-fest will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00 – 8:30 PM at the Awbury Arboretum in Germantown.

From the Tranestop press release:

“This free outdoor concert is part of the John Coltrane Jazz Festival – “Giant Steps Over Philly”, ! ; and is hosted by State Representative John Myers and State Senator LeAnna Washington.

This concert was rescheduled from September 2nd … which provided the TraneStop the opportunity to merge this festival with its annual celebration of Coltrane’s birthday. The event will still have two stages with international recording artist Billy Paul headlining the John Myers Blues Stage and internationally recognized jazz legend Archie Shepp headlining the John Coltrane Jazz Stage.”

Go to the Tranestop website for more information and additional artists that will be featured.

“The Awbury Arboretum is easily accessible by train and bus both within and from outside the city. SEPTA’s R-7 Chestnut Hill-East/Trenton rail line stops at Washington Lane Station within feet of the jazz stage and a block from the blues stage. The R-7 connects at Trenton with New Jersey transit lines from New York and has stops at all three Philadelphia center city stations. Travelers from Washington, DC or the south or travelers who come into the city by bus, can pick up the R-7 at Suburban Station, 30th Street Station or Market East Station. The Saturday R-7 morning trains no. 1714, 1716 and 1718 will get you to the concert site by 11:59am, 12:59am and 1:59am, respectively and trains continue to run hourly thereafter. Departing R-7 evening trains no. 1731 and 1733 depart the concert site back to center city and Trenton at 8:41pm and 9:41 pm, respectively. The SEPTA bus route XH (connects at Broad and Erie) and route 23 also place riders right at the concert site on Washington Lane and Chew. TraneStop encourages participants to make good use of available public transportation to help make this an enjoyable and non-stres! sful experience for all involved. Call SEPTA at 215-580-7800 or visit the websites www.septa.org and www.thecommuterschoice.com for further information.”

Selected Library Resources for John Coltrane


Biography and description of works from Grove Music Online.

Articles from International Index to Music Periodicals

From American National Biography.

Full-Text Articles from JSTOR


Citations to articles from Music Index.

Full-text articles from the New York Times. through ProQuest historical newspapers.

Articles from RILM (Repertoire International de Litterature de Musicale).

Internet Resources

John Coltrane website

PBS – Jazz, a documentary by Ken Burns, artist biography: Coltrane These videos are available at Temple University Library’s circulation desk (ML3506 .J399x 2000) and can be checked out.

John Coltrane, Avant Garde Jazz, and the Evolution of “My Favorite Things” by Scott Peterson

Hear and see John Coltrane, live, 1965, playing “Naimba”

The Tranestop

BBC Music Profiles – John Coltrane

Streaming audio of Coltrane music is available from CDigix. 
Requires Internet Explorer.
-Anne Harlow

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