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John Coltrane: His music, life and legacy

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John Coltrane is a giant in jazz music. Our guest Cuthbert Ormond Simpkins  will discuss Coltrane's music, life and legacy. Simpkins wrote one of the first full length biographies about John Coltrane entitled, Coltrane: A Biography was first published in 1975.  Cuthbert, aslo known as Tuffy, is a physician and inventor.

"During his lifetime John Coltrane, through music, moved many people to more meaningful lives. Coltrane: A Biography captures the feeling and facts of Coltrane's life and music. It places Coltrane's creative efforts wthin the tumultuous socio-economic and cultural context that spanned his lifetime. Coltrane: A Biography employs an experimental writing style that for many readers exemplifies Coltrane's music. Commenting on this style, a reviewer for Cadence Magazine wrote, "Parts of the book move along, gathering momentum, exploding much in the manner of a Coltrane solo." Further commentary on the writing of Coltrane: A Biography was made by Baltimore poet Barbara DeCesare in an interview given to the Anti - Man Press, "There's a biography of John Coltrane written by C.O. Simpkins, where the narrative is very poetic. It almost seems to emulate Coltrane's music in it's rhythm, tone and phrasing. He takes a lot of liberty with standard narrative form, and I think what makes the book so satisfying is those elements of poetry present in the storytelling" Amazon