JAZZ CORNER.COM: GUEST BLOGGER, LARRY RENI THOMAS

John Coltrane, the master of the saxophone, was born September 23, 1926, to John R. and Alice Blair Coltrane, in Hamlet, North Carolina, in the rural, red clay, farming region near the South Carolina state line. His grandfather was Reverend William Coltrane, a...

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Jackie Venson

Jackie Venson started playing the guitar when she was a senior at Berklee College of Music.  Until then she had studied and trained as a classical pianist. Forming her own blues band in 2013, Venson has become a rising star for her vocal and playing ability as well as...

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Michelle Coltrane

Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is the daughter of  jazz pianist Alice Coltrane who advanced the harp as an instrument of the genre and broke new ground by doing so.   Her step-father was saxophone, composer and jazz icon, John Coltrane. The example her parents set as...

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Jazzmeia Horn

Jazzmeia Horn, the strongest vocalist to emerge on the jazz scene in some time, will perform Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 for the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. Horn’s 2017 debut release A SOCIAL CALL was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for...

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Dianne Reeves

Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves will headline the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. The five-time Grammy Award winner is considered the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world as a result of her vocal prowess and her...

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Gregory Porter

Critically acclaimed, jazz singer-songwriter Gregory Porter will bring his mesmerizing vocal prowess  to High Point, NC when he headlines the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. One of the most successful jazz...

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Lee Ritenour

Born Lee Mack Ritenour in Los Angeles, CA, he has maintained a delicate balance between the individual creative vision and the group dynamic, since the beginning of his career. Lee Ritenour, a jazz guitar powerhouse, will perform for the 8th Annual John Coltrane...

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Pete Escovedo & Sheila E

Legendary percussionist, Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous with these genres for more than 50 years. Pete is known worldwide for his live performances,...

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Ravi Coltrane

Three time GRAMMY AWARD nominee, saxophonist, composer, bandleader and record producer -- Ravi Coltrane will play the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 in Oak Hollow Festival Park, High Point, NC. Ravi Coltrane released IN...

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The 2018 Coltrane Jazz All Stars

Mondre Moffett is the director of the Jazz ensemble and Black Music Studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He will lead the 2018 North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band for the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues...

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Celebrating 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band will give a featured performance on opening day of the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, Saturday, Sept.1, 2018. They band with a world-wide...

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