Tuesday, April 28, 2009

All Coltrane, no borders on KDHX Community Media

Beginning April 26, and running for five consecutive Sundays, Joshua Weinstein will be presenting the acclaimed radio documentary Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone on 88.1 FM in St. Louis and KDHX.org worldwide.

Twenty years in the making, this 5-hour audio masterpiece — a thrilling kaleidescope of rare interviews, reminiscences, music selections and commentary — analyzes and celebrates the creative genius of John Coltrane.

First broadcast in 2001, Steve Rowland’s prize-winning Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone is particularly poignant today with the recent loss of many who were interviewed, including the late Max Roach, Dr. Art Davis, Alice Coltrane, Elvin Jones, and Sekou Sundiata.

This week’s episode (Hour 1), entitled “What Was,” features rare recorded interviews with Charlie Parker and John Coltrane; Coltrane’s first-ever recorded performance, in 1946 on alto sax, while with the Navy in Hawaii; interviews with Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Steve Lacy, Rashied Ali and numerous other musical titans; and a fascinating walking tour of the 1940s jazz scene in Philadelphia, where the young John Coltrane began his musical journey.

Each of five one-hour segments will air Sundays at 10:30 p.m. (CST) beginning this past Sunday, April 26 and continuing through May 24, during the first hour of All Soul, No Borders. Programs will be archived on the ASNB page (linked above) for 2 weeks after each airing in case you miss one or what to hear it again.


Image of John Coltrane, Shadow Wilson, Thelonius Monk, and Ahmed Abdul-Malik at the Five Spot Café in New York in 1957 by Don Schlitten/courtesy of Blue Note.

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