Hosted by Professor Dave Schroeder
John Coltrane / Giant steps old and new paths
This is a Cfp for articles following a John Coltrane Concept Birthday held by the Jazz Garden, a learning and creative research arena dedicated to jazz culture. The event which hosted participants — professional musicians, critics, scholars, activists — all of whom share a love for jazz opened with perspectives on “giant steps” following a conversation with renowned saxophonist Dave Liebman which was held by Prof. Dave Schroeder, Head of the Department of Jazz at New York University.
In this platformwe seek to think of the art of jazz within its historical array while at the same time exploring the extra-disciplinary affiliations and activist potential inherent in “jazz insights” or as we call them in the broader sense “jazz progressions”. If there is anyone who has made a contribution to the opening and expansion of jazz to other areas that have deviated from the record or jazz club, it is Coltrane whose music has continued to penetrate the depths of the post and hard bop and avant-garde jazz scene and appeal to other audiences. The professional jazz scene – for artists in many fields, musicians from various genres and even on spiritual and religious communities.
The Coltrane changes are a standard advanced harmonic substitution used in jazz improvisation. These substitution patterns were first demonstrated by John Coltrane on the albums Bags & Trane and Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago. Coltrane continued his explorations on the seminal 1959 album Giant Steps and expanded on the substitution cycle in his compositions “Giant Steps” and “Countdown”.
We are looking for articles which brings different perspectives on Coltrane changes from musical theoretical comparative outlooks to social religious and meditative aspects, from classical ethnic and folklore and Jazz studies point of view, sources and influences- history and future paths of giants steps…