Coltrane’s early life and first recordings, 1926-1957, through his first recordings with Miles Davis: Private recordings that he made at age 19. The switch from alto to tenor sax. Two years with Dizzy Gillespie. Touring with R&B bands. His discovery by Miles Davis. A rare look at how his solos were edited.
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. Because he is the world’s leading Coltrane researcher, all three classes will feature unpublished information and rare recordings and videos.