Thursday, September 12, 2013

John Coltrane Tribute TONIGHT!

SFJAZZ kicks off the first Hotplate show of their 2013-14 season with The Marcus Shelby Quartet performing music from John Coltrane's groundbreaking 1960 recording Giant Steps. For a little background of the monthly event, SFJAZZ Hotplate is a concert series at the Joe Henderson Lab inside the SFJAZZ Center that features many of the Bay Area’s most gifted musicians re-imagining a famous recording of a jazz legend. There is another layer to the artistic programming of the event, as we choose artists whose birthday falls within the same month as the show. Coltrane's birthday is September 23rd and that's why his tribute is this month.

Performing with Marcus Shelby tonight will be Howard Wiley (tenor saxophone), Glen Pearson (piano) and Malachi Whitson (drums). The show features two sets, with the first at 7PM, followed by a 8:30PM performance. Throughout the night (when the band isn't performing), I (DJ Pat Les Stache) will be spinning some of my favorite Coltrane selections (which easily fulfills a dream that I've had for a long time of spinning a pure Coltrane set). I've seen Shelby and Wiley do a Coltrane tribute before, and it was absolutely mind-blowing, therefore I highly recommend checking out this event.

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John Coltrane - Giant Steps

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