Kansas City USA On the evening of Saturday, July 17, 2004, the Kansas City based ensemble, Alaadeen & Group 21, will present "Coltrane Revisited"! The tribute performance will celebrate the music of John Coltrane on the 37th anniversary of his passing. The music will be performed from 8:30p 12:30a at the Blue Room jazz club, located within the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District of the city. Admission is $5.00.
"Coltrane Revisited" will provide an opportunity to consider the influence of John Coltrane’s music on most all aspects of jazz today. During each of the 3 sets, Alaadeen plans to revisit some of Coltrane’s most famous compositions. He will also include some of Coltrane’s works that are seldom performed or recorded still today. Alaadeen’s musical conceptualization for the performance is a desire to give these important works a different outlook - to update the reading. This is in keeping with the fact that Coltrane himself continued to evolve as an artist, and the fact that jazz music itself continually evolves as an art form.
The quartet will also perform "Dedicated to ‘Trane", which is an original composition that was intentionally written as a special tribute to the titan tenor saxophonist by Alaadeen. Having come up as a musician himself during this prolific period in modern jazz history, Alaadeen also has a special connection to John Coltrane. When asked to share his motivation for dedicating an entire performance by his ensemble to this event, Alaadeen stated: "‘Trane influenced the world. He influenced me. I first met ‘Trane here in Kansas City at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. He actually came in looking for a drummer. Tenor saxophonist, Eddie Saunders and the band were practicing the song, ‘Have You Met Miss Jones’. ‘Trane said he didn’t know the tune, but he took Eddie’s horn and started playing. If you listen, the bridge is similar to Giant Steps’ harmonies." The members of Alaadeen & Group 21 are: Ahmad Alaadeen, saxophones; Chris Clarke, piano; Bryan Hicks, bass; Donivan Bailey, drums.
John Coltrane Biography
Born September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, John Coltrane was always surrounded by music. His father played several instruments sparking Coltrane’s study of E-flat horn and clarinet. While in high school, Coltrane’s musical influences shifted to the likes of Lester Young and Johnny Hodges prompting him to switch to alto saxophone.
By 1960 Coltrane had formed his own quartet, which included pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Eventually adding players like Eric Dolphy, and Pharoah Sanders. The John Coltrane Quartet created some of the most innovative and expressive music in Jazz history including the hit albums: "My Favorite Things," "Africa Brass," " Impressions," " Giant Steps," and his monumental work "A Love Supreme" which attests to the power, glory, love, and greatness of God. Coltrane felt we must all make a conscious effort to effect positive change in the world, and that his music was an instrument to create positive thought patterns in the minds of people.
In 1972, "A Love Supreme" was certified gold by the RIAA for exceeding 500,000 units in Japan. This jazz classic and the classic album "My Favorite Things" were certified gold in the United States in 2001. Also, in 2001, The NEA and the RIAA released 360 songs of the Century. Among them was John Coltrane’s "My Favorite Things." [JohnColtrane.com]
About Ahmad Alaadeen
Born and raised in Kansas City USA. 'ASR Records co-founder, Alaadeen, began performing professional jobs as a prodigious teenager and continues creating vibrant jazz music into his 6th decade. Recipient of awards from the US Congress, Billboard, and numerous other entities, he epitomizes the term "standard bearer", not only in his own activities, but in the nurturing of emerging artists as well. He has performed on saxophone with so many of the great names in music - starting with Jazz and Blues legends Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Jay McShann, Ella Fitzgerald, The Count Basie Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and Sam Cooke. Alaadeen has played with various Motown stars like: Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations; as well as his own jazz contemporaries like: T. S. Monk, George Duke, Bobby Watson, Oleta Adams, Manhattan Transfer, and Patti Austin. Alaadeen is currently preparing a new release that will include movements from his new multi-movement work, "New Africa Suite". [Alaadeen.com]
What: "Coltrane Revisited"
Who: Performance by Alaadeen & group 21 When: Saturday, July 17,2004; 8:30p 12:30a
Where: Blue Room, 18th & Vine, Kansas City, MO
Further Information and Contact:
Alaadeen Enterprises, Inc.
Attn: Ms. Victoria Dunfee
6610 W. 67th Street
Overland Park, KS 66202
Tel and Fax: 913. 831.4936