Everybody knows that Indianapolis is a great jazz city. Founded on the broad and capable shoulders of the many great musicians–like Pookie Johnson, Freddie Hubbard, and Wes Montgomery–who prowled Indiana Avenue, the thriving hub of mid-20th century Indianapolis nightlife, the Indianapolis music scene has always thrived on the sounds of bebop pulsing through the Indianapolis cultural districts, coursing through Indianapolis bars like the Slippery Noodle Inn, and trickling into the ears of everyone that cares to listen. This weekend, several living legends of Indianapolis jazz will honor one of the genre’s greatest pioneers: John Coltrane.
Yes, this Friday is the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, the saxophonist’s 1960 classic bop record that pioneered such jazz standards as “Naima,” “Cousin Mary,” and “Countdown.” The Jazz Kitchen, a premiere Indianapolis music venue for jazz, will honor Coltrane and Giant Steps this Friday with a star-studded cast of Indianapolis people, including Rob Dixon, Steve Allee, and Jeremy Allen. Be prepared to hear re-interpretations, re-imaginings, and re-workings of classic John Coltrane material from all throughout his prolific career.
|Video of Steve Allee performing with Rob Dixon and two other musicians at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. Allee and Dixon will be performing in a tribute to John Coltrane on Friday, Feb 26|
John Coltrane was one of the most influential jazz musicians in the United States. In his early career, he worked with fellow jazz greats Miles Davis (who later pioneered acid jazz with albums like Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way) and Thelonious Monk. Giant Steps was Coltrane’s last foray into hard bop (a fast-paced style of jazz that allows for free improvisation over a dominant theme); after that record, he switched to free jazz and more modal forms of the genre. Many compositions from Giant Steps have become jazz standards that are continually revised, performed, and analyzed, and the album was added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2004.
|Video of Ravi Coltrane, the son of John Coltrane, performing “Giant Steps.” The Jazz Kitchen will host a tribute to John Coltrane on Friday, Feb 26 in Indianapolis|
This Friday, February 26, come to the Jazz Kitchen to hear compositions from Giant Steps and the rest of Coltrane’s long and distinguished career. The quintet paying homage to John Coltrane will consist of Dick Sisto on vibes, Steve Allee on piano, Steve Houghton on drums, Rob Dixon on sax, and Jeremy Allen on bass. There will be two performances of this Indianapolis event, one at 8 and one at 10. Tickets are $12 at the door, and tickets are available for pre-order through the Jazz Kitchen website. Don’t miss this chance to hear some of the great jazz artists of Indianapolis pay homage to one of the most influential saxophonists of all time!
A Jazz Kitchen Tribute to John Coltrane
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220