Sep 23, 2012
September 23 marks the anniversary of the birth of John William Coltrane in Hamlet, North Carolina. His impact on the world of jazz is still being felt three quarters of a century later.
One of the more unusal aspects of Coltrane's legacy is the founding of the St.John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco. Quoting from their webpage:
Founders Archbishop Franzo King and Reverend Mother Marina King began this work in 1971 under the name of “One Mind Temple Evolutionary Transitional Body of Christ.” The inspiration came after the young couple had seen John Coltrane perform live in San Francisco in the year 1965. Being raised in the Pentecostal Church, Franzo King knew the presence of the Lord when it came through the power of the Holy Ghost. Seeing John Coltrane and hearing his sound that night was that familiar feeling he knew since childhood. It was the presence of God. Archbishop King refers to this as a “sound baptism” which touched their hearts and minds. Further investigation into this man proved him to be not just a “jazz musician” but one who was chosen to guide souls back to God.
Whatever your religious denomination or affiation, you have to agree these are not bad thoughts on a Sunday in Autumn 2012.
To celebrate Trane's birthay 11 years ago, WKCR made a broadcast containing the unreleased takes of the Sunship Album. These takes have never been released officially, but you can find them at Big O Worldwide today. The band is the famous Coltrane Quartet of Coltrane on sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums.