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The Music and History of John Coltrane

Join us to examine Coltrane’s life and work and its impact on improvisational music.

John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 and died on July 17, 1967, a couple of months before his 41st birthday. He was only 40 years old, but his impact on improvisational music is happening still today. This course will examine Coltrane's life as a musician, his contemporaries, the era he played in, his creative energy, and what made him the musician he was. We will use recordings, videos, interviews, and comments other players and critics made about him in his time and today. The text for this class is John Coltrane by Bill Cole (2001) and will be provided to each student. If you already have a copy of this book please pay the $135 fee.

Bill Cole is an American jazz musician, composer, educator and author. An admired innovator, Bill successfully combines the sounds of untempered instruments with an American art form – jazz. He specializes in non-Western wind instruments, especially double reed horns including Chinese sonas, Korean hojok and piri; Indian nagaswarm and shenai and Tibetan trumpet; as well as the Australian digeridoo and Ghanaian flute. Bill is the leader of the Untempered Ensemble, a group he founded in 1992. He has performed with Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Jayne Cortez, Julius Hemphill, Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer, William Parker, Fred Ho, Gerald Veasley and others at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space and venues around the U.S. and in Europe. Bill received a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. He served as Professor of music at Amherst College and at Dartmouth College where he was Chair of the Music Department. He went on to Chair the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University. Bill has authored two books and has published numerous reviews and critical essays. He has recorded 15 albums that have received acclaim for his musical vision. Bill composes, records, and performs with the Untempered Ensemble and other groups. For more information about Bill, please visit his website. []