Jazz Giants: John Coltrane

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What’s it all about?

There are few musicians who can boast the same level of influence as saxophonist John “Trane” Coltrane.

Through his distinctive style of playing, Trane expressed a blend of virtuosity and lyricism that evoked a powerful emotional and even spiritual response. At the height of his artistry in the 50’s and 60’s he was a pioneer in modal jazz and free jazz.

Like so many of his gifted contemporaries, Trane’s life was tumultuous and ultimately cut short due to substance abuse. Nevertheless, his legacy remains important to artists worldwide.

What will we cover?

We will listen to many of his landmark recordings and openly discuss our reactions to them in the context of his life. We’ll also track the development of his playing and how it evolved to express his artistic vision. This class aims to provide you with insight into one of the most fascinating characters in jazz.

Who will be teaching?

Mark is a jazz guitarist and a recent graduate of Melbourne Uni. He was raised from an early age on classical music through the violin. Over the last few years he has played in jazz and blues bands and is now developing his own group. Mark is passionate about musical education and making different styles easily accessible to others.