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Meditations on Coltrane


The Royal Room Columbia City
Sun., March 13, 8:30 p.m. 2016 All Ages


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I do not believe in God, but I do deeply believe in these humans, all of whom are dead: Baruch Spinoza, Lynn Margulis, and John Coltrane. The first is the father of philosophy; the second, the mother of biology; the third, the holy ghost of the highest art, music. What made John Coltrane so great? It was not his playing but the idea in his playing. Whenever he blows, you feel as if the construction, the improvement, the refinement of this idea has been resumed. He approached it one way on the last track, but is now approaching it another way on the current one. And it does not matter what the mood of the track is—the pretty “My Favorite Things,” the heavy “India,” the lush “Dedicated to You”—the same idea will be expressed. And is this not the way life (biology) works? One highly conserved complex of genes expressed in a wild variety of ways: from the eyes of a fly to the eyes of a human? As with the philosophy of Spinoza, there is one substance and many modifications of that substance. Tonight, saxophonist Steve Griggs, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, and drummer Gregg Keplinger will perform music inspired by this great American ghost. There will also be conversation between Griggs and Yashuhiro Fujioka, a Coltrane scholar. CM

The Royal Room

5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Hours: Open daily till 1:30 am

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  • Open daily till 1:30 am
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  • Sun., March 13, 8:30 p.m. 2016