John Coltrane

Radha Botofasina’s New Album of Spirituals Soon Available on Vinyl

“The Spirituals, Vol. 2: Carry On,” a new release from Radha Botofasina, vocalist/pianist/harpist/composer and longtime collaborator of Alice Coltrane, will be available on vinyl March 1. The collection of spirituals in Botofasina’s singular, roots-based style meshes gospel sensibilities with contemporary and eastern influences to deliver potently unique renditions of such foundational songs as “Satan, We Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down” and “Mary, Don’t You Weep.” The sonically revelatory album is a follow up to Botofasina’s similarly-themed 2009 release, “The Spirituals,” and each track is rooted in a Biblical story.

Alice Coltrane’s 85th Birthday Celebration Held at Grand Performances

Alice Coltrane, pianist, harpist, organist, composer, singer, and wife of famous jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, would have been 85 years-old on Saturday, August 27th. Her birthday celebration at Grand Park, presented by dublab and The John and Alice Coltrane Home, was one of 19 Grand Performances held at the DTLA park as part of its 36th Annual Summer Concert Series.

National Museum of African American Music Opens in Nashville 

From rock and roll to blues, jazz, and hip-hop, music is as much the African American way of life as the afro was Black people’s style in the 1970s. Finally honoring that history, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) has opened in Nashville, Tenn.