Joshua Weinstein's Posts
|I'm a KDHX programmer and host of All Soul, No Borders every Sunday night on 88.1 FM. I'll be writing about diverse topics, but especially soul music in all its forms: free jazz, experimental blues and other forms of improvisational spirit music.|
The sensational John Coltrane documentary wraps up this Sunday as Joshua Weinstein and All Soul, No Borders present the fifth and final hour-long installment of Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone beginning at 10:30PM CST. Highlights this week include: Trane’s fascination with African tonal languages, his rock-star tour of Japan, and why he’d stop playing his horn on stage and just beat his chest and howl in the microphone. Listen for hang-on-every-word interviews with Alice Coltrane, Babatunde Olatunji, Archie Shepp, and many more.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the amazing John Coltrane documentary Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone continues as Joshua Weinstein and All Soul, No Borders present Part 4: “Searching For The One,” a one-hour segment beginning at 10:30 pm CST. Highlights this week include: Coltrane’s link with Malcolm X and the Black Liberation movement, Trane’s fascination with African drums, the John Gilmore/John Coltrane connection, and Trane telling of the gig one night in New Jersey when he pulled his band off the stage. Also, hear riveting interviews with Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, and many more.
The amazing John Coltrane documentary Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone rolls on as Joshua Weinstein and All Soul, No Borders present Hour 3: “A Love Supreme” this Sunday, May 10 at 10:30PM. Highlights from this week’s 1 hour episode include: interviews with Archie Shepp, Max Roach, and Rashied Ali, rare tape of Coltrane answering his critics, learning that Trane had a jolly laugh, and ear-chilling evidence that Trane based his anthem “Alabama” on the sound of Martin Luther King’s voice during his famous eulogy to the four girls killed in Birmingham. Remember to tune in live this Sunday 10:30PM CST on 88.1FM in St. Louis, stream the show live, or catch the archives if you miss and episode.
A radio event beginning April 26, and running for five consecutive Sundays, Joshua Weinstein and All Soul, No Borders will be presenting the acclaimed radio documentary Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone on KDHX. Twenty years in the making, this 5-hour audio masterpiece — a thrilling kaleidoscope of rare interviews, reminiscences, music selections and commentary — analyzes and celebrates the creative genius of John Coltrane.
During this week’s episode (Hour 2) entitled “In the Pyramids” we will continue our excavation by following Coltrane’s search for the source of jazz. We will hear thoughts from Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, a rare interview with Jimmy Garrison, Steve Lacy, Cornell West, Amiri Baraka, Trane himself, including the earliest known recorded interview with him, and many others.
At this point in our story Coltrane has established himself as one of the most innovative and identifiable voices in jazz, having already worked with two major musical architects: Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. After his self-described “spiritual awakening” Trane becomes a spiritual seeker trying to find God and the meaning of life through music. We follow him as he crafts the beautiful melodies on Blue Train, takes chordal music to its outer reaches on Giant Steps, gets modal with Miles on Kind of Blue, mines new gems from the negro spiritual tradition, scores a hit with My Favorite Things, and conceives his classic quartet.
Visit our archives to listen to part 1 which aired last Sunday, April 26. Tune in to 88.1 FM or stream the show live at 10:30 pm CST this Sunday, May 3 to hear part 2.
Rare publicity photo of John Coltrane courtesy of Steve Rowland.
Jazz? Where do I start?
Right here! Now’s the time.
A radio event beginning April 26, and running for five consecutive Sundays, Joshua Weinstein will be presenting the acclaimed radio documentary Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone. Twenty years in the making, this 5-hour audio masterpiece — a thrilling kaleidescope of rare interviews, reminiscences, music selections and commentary — analyzes and celebrates the creative genius of John Coltrane. First broadcast in 2001, Steve Rowland’s prize-winning Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone is particularly poignant today with the recent loss of many who were interviewed, including the late Max Roach, Dr. Art Davis, Alice Coltrane, Elvin Jones, and Sekou Sundiata.
This week’s episode (Hour 1) entitled “What Was” will feature rare recorded interviews with Charlie Parker and John Coltrane; Coltrane’s first-ever recorded performance, in 1946 on alto sax, while with the Navy in Hawaii; interviews with Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Steve Lacy, Rashied Ali and numerous other musical titans; a fascinating walking tour of the 1940s jazz scene in Philadelphia where the young John Coltrane began his musical journey. Each of five one-hour segments will air Sundays at 10:30 PM CST beginning on April 26 and continuing through May 24, during the first hour of All Soul, No Borders. Stream the show live on the net, or catch the archives if you miss an episode.
This Sunday, November 30 Sworn to the Drum will perform on All Soul, No Borders between 10:30PM and Midnight on KDHX. The group bills themselves as a “musical salute to the drum.” They play improvisational jazz with a variety of world drumming infused. The group is led by Baba Mike Nelson. He plays trumpet, flügelhorn, conch shells, and assorted percussion including the bata drum. Sunday’s line-up will include Aaron Parker on alto sax and flute, Mondel on congas, Ariel on Bass, plus the poetry of K. Curtis Lyle and vocal/rhythmic accompaniment by David A.N. Jackson. They are promoting an upcoming concert at The Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar next Sunday December 7 from 7-9PM.
I saw a version of this group at The Gramophone on Tuesday where I heard some greatness and a good deal of potential. I am glad that there is music being made like this in St. Louis. The sound was groove oriented, exploratory, and trance-inducing at times. Please help spread the word and I hope you can tune in.
The All Soul, No Borders annual Tom Waits Thanksgiving program was a blast as usual. Thanks to Double Mayhem for letting us use our old time slot. My brother Ben and my other brother Ben both joined me as they do every year for the festivities after the festivities. We took a whole mess of requests. Some were open to interpretation. One caller, not especially a Waits fan, had a dream the night before that he found a heap of autographed Waits memorabilia. When he heard this all-Waits program on the radio it kind of freaked him out. He felt he must call in. Ben chose to play Alice…”It’s dreamy weather we’re on/You waved your crooked wand”… If you’d like to hear the show it is archived for a couple of weeks.