Coltrane: The Philadelphia Years

Sep 9, 2013

Tom Moon co-directed the documentary film COLTRANE'S PHILADELPHIA with Rob Armstrong, who says the city incubated Coltrane's genius.

While jazz giant John Coltrane was born and raised in North Carolina, and died in New York, 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 87 this month. 

The film is part 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.