John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Charlie Parker all named Lester “Pres” Young and Coleman Hawkins as inspirations, and they admired Ben Webster’s distinctive style as well. Yet today the disciples are far better known than their teachers. In this session you will hear some music that is amazing in its own right, and you will also understand how it set the stage for today’s jazz.
Dr. Lewis Porter is a celebrated and Grammy- nominated jazz pianist who has performed many times for Lexington Community Ed with noted stars. As an award-winning author and long-time professor at Tufts, Brandeis, and Rutgers, he is in demand everywhere for his entertaining and enlightening lectures. He is the author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music, the only Coltrane biography endorsed by John’s son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, as well as by Jimmy Heath, Dan Morgenstern, and many others. He is also the editor of the John Coltrane Reference, a big “day by day” listing.