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May 7, 2009 Hear the genre-bending Turtle Island Quartet re-imagine John Coltrane's classic work for strings.

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Interviews & Profiles

From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

November 15, 2012 Hear an eclectic mix of music as the adventurous cellist spins his favorites in the studio.

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Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19.

July 19, 2012 Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (son of John and Alice) recalls a childhood filled with symphonic music.

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John Coltrane's rapid stylistic evolution was not always admired as it is today: One critic called a 1961 performance "anti-jazz," and the label stuck with his detractors.

June 25, 2008 The saxophonist's restless 1960s exploration made a jazz virtuoso into an American music pioneer.

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June 18, 2008 By the late 1950s, the tenor saxophonist's rapid stylistic growth had already produced masterpieces.

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April 20, 2007 David Balakrishnan, Mark Summer discuss how they transformed a jazz masterpiece for string quartet.

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American jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis sits with his horn during a studio recording session, October 1959.

January 24, 2000 Reviewer Tom Moon gives a listen to the classic 1959 jazz recording Kind of Blue.

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Arturo O'Farrill took over the baton of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra from his father, Latin jazz pioneer Chico O'Farrill.

May 27, 2008 Arturo O'Farrill, leader of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, picks his five desert-island jazz albums.

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February 14, 2008 Just in time for Valentine's Day, listen to five very different boleros.

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February 13, 2008 On this edition of All Songs Considered NPR listeners share their favorite love songs.

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September 21, 2007 Jazz singer and trumpeter Louis Prima; A live recording from Miles Davis from 1963; Legendary sa...

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September 21, 2005 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Tom Moon, Meredith Ochs and Will He...

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November 25, 2002 Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations; A reissued masterpiece from John Coltrane; New Orleans meets ...

The cover of A Love Supreme

August 1, 2001 On the liner notes, Coltrane describes how studies of Eastern religions transformed his life.

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The cover of Ballads

August 1, 2001 Jazz commentator Murray Horwitz likens Coltrane's sensual 1962 album to"falling in love with music."

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The cover of Blue Train

August 1, 2001 Released in 1957, the record is frequently cited as one of the most important in jazz history.

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The cover of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

August 1, 2001 Coltrane became one of the most renowned saxophonists in history in only seven years as a solo act.

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The cover of Kind of Blue

August 1, 2001 Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is frequently cited as the best-selling jazz album in history.

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The cover of Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

August 1, 2001 Ellington hooked up with the John Coltrane Quartet to record an album to highlight his own songs.

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News

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.

March 28, 2014 Chuck Stewart recently unveiled 50-year-old shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.

Last year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation put the Coltrane Home on a list of the 11 most endangered historic sites in the United States. Now, a group of fans and family has set out to restore it.

July 22, 2012 Ravi Coltrane says his childhood home in Dix Hills represents the power of his father's creativity.

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October 5, 2005 Larry Appelbaum of the Library of Congress describes his astounding discovery of a 1957 recording.

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September 30, 2005 A newly unearthed recording captures Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane at the height of their powers.

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April 5, 2005 The Library of Congress officially recognizes Nirvana and Public Enemy.

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Reviews

First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection

May 13, 2011 A new box set commemorates the 50th anniversary of the influential jazz label Impulse Records.

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December 21, 2005 For lovers of jazz music, the year 2005 brought a wealth of reissues by critical artists.

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The cover of A Love Supreme

August 1, 2001 On the liner notes, Coltrane describes how studies of Eastern religions transformed his life.

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The cover of Ballads

August 1, 2001 Jazz commentator Murray Horwitz likens Coltrane's sensual 1962 album to"falling in love with music."

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The cover of Blue Train

August 1, 2001 Released in 1957, the record is frequently cited as one of the most important in jazz history.

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The cover of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

August 1, 2001 Coltrane became one of the most renowned saxophonists in history in only seven years as a solo act.

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The cover of Kind of Blue

August 1, 2001 Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is frequently cited as the best-selling jazz album in history.

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The cover of Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

August 1, 2001 Ellington hooked up with the John Coltrane Quartet to record an album to highlight his own songs.

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More Stories

John Coltrane.

October 23, 2000 This work was Coltrane's spiritual declaration that his faith and musical devotion was intertwined.

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The gospel/folk singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was accompanied by a jazz orchestra on her debut recording.

December 5, 2013 The African-American folk songs, a byproduct of slavery, were later embraced by many improvisers.

Dr. Martin Luther  King Jr. sees off a group of Freedom Riders as they board a bus for Jackson, Miss., on May 24, 1961.

May 4, 2011 The dream of social justice resulted in one of the most creative periods in jazz history.

Tadd Dameron composed a body of work that helped define and expand the parameters of bebop.

February 22, 2011 Dameron composed a body of work that helped define and expand the parameters of bebop.

Get the popcorn ready.

February 16, 2011 Hear songs from Cars, Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs reinterpreted by jazz musicians.

Dave Liebman

November 10, 2010 The saxophonist says that he often visits John Coltrane's "Crescent," which he calls "pure poetry."

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Jaleel Shaw

November 10, 2010 The alto saxophonist has been checking out his employer Roy Haynes' recordings with John Coltrane.

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Sidney Bechet

October 12, 2010 Take a quick tour of the soprano sax throughout jazz history with the help of these five songs.

With many young talents under his tutelage, Art Blakey has often been called the father of hard bop.

January 25, 2010 Evolving out of 1950s bebop, hard bop incorporates gospel, soul and R&B. Hear five classics.

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November 10, 2008 Let these five jazz confessionals prepare you for a season of the high lonesome in autumn.

John Coltrane: stylistic change we can believe in.

September 22, 2008 Arm yourself for dinner functions with a five-song primer to the iconic saxophonist.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.

May 12, 2008 Get into the swing of summer with five jazz songs about the Great American Pastime.

The Village Vanguard, 1976.

May 5, 2008 Hear five notable glimpses into the world's most famous jazz joint.

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February 13, 2008 Instead of candies and cards, impress your sweetheart with some music inspired by love.

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February 12, 2008 Hear five lovesick tunes crafted by jazz legends, Broadway hitmakers, and new talents.

Autumn in Central Park.

November 8, 2007 If you're daydreaming about New York while the leaves change, here's a soundtrack, courtesy of WDUQ.

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