Coltrane’s style changes rapidly between 1957 and 1961. He works with Monk, returns to Miles and appears on Kind of Blue, and starts recording as a leader: Blue Train, Giant Steps. He proves to be an innovative arranger: My Favorite Things, Out of This World.
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 Because he is the world’s leading Coltrane researcher, all three classes will feature unpublished information and rare recordings and videos.