Peter Jan Margy Lecture “The Healing Coltrane and the Communion of Sacred Jazz”
“The Healing Coltrane and the Communion of Sacred Jazz”
A public lecture by Peter Jan Margry, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam and Daniel Wojcik, Department of English and Folklore Program, University of Oregon
110 Fenton Hall
This presentation explores the religious practices inspired by the music of the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, within the context of the worship services of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco. In this setting the live jam performances of Coltrane’s music may offer, for church members and visiting jazz devotees alike, a sacred and transformative experience, a sensorial sublime, that brings healing, consolation, and a connection to the divine.