Coltrane becomes renowned, 1961-1964. He continues to progress rapidly. His performances were controversial and avant-garde: Chasin’ the Trane, his work with Eric Dolphy. But he recorded with Duke Ellington and singer Johnny Hartman. What were the pressures on him as a popular artist? Coltrane’s “classic quartet”–a look at McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones.
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 Because he is the world’s leading Coltrane researcher, all three classes will feature unpublished information and rare recordings and videos.