Coltrane: The Philadelphia Years

Aug 27, 2017

Jazz giant John Coltrane was born and raised in North Carolina, died in New York, and in between he spent 15 years in Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at the role the city played in the career of this master sax player and composer, who would have turned 91 on September 23rd.

Details coming soon about a feast of John Coltrane 2017 celebratory events in Philadelphia starting the week of September 18th, including the Blue Trane Jazz Jam at South Jazz Café on September 19th, the  John Coltrane Jazz Walk on September 23rd, and a new, 5-part audio documentary, How Long Has Trane Been Gone, airing on WRTI from September 20th to 24th from 8 to 9 pm each night.

The film is part of the Coltrane Planning Project of The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

Coltrane’s house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1999.  Efforts to preserve the house are ongoing.