From the stage, Figarova is surveying an iconic jazz scene — people on the lawn, Narragansett Bay in the background, boats floating in the harbor. Hear the pianist and her European sextet in a concert from the Newport Jazz Festival.
The jazz musician didn’t make his burden any lighter by choosing to play tenor and soprano saxophones — the same instruments his father, John Coltrane, indelibly stamped. But critic Kevin Whitehead says he speaks in his own voice on the album Spirit Fiction.
When Billie Holiday died on July 17, 1959, thousands of mourners attended her funeral at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in New York City. But Holiday isn’t buried in New York’s Woodlawn Cemetery, near Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Instead, she’s “way, way, way out” in the Bronx.
Mingus wrote, Miles talked, Sonny picked, Bean assessed, Trane spoke — and that’s just the start.