Today in Jazz History: John Coltrane

Born September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, John Coltrane was always surrounded by music. His father played several instruments sparking Coltrane’s study of E-flat horn and clarinet. 

The John Coltrane Quartet created some of the most innovative and expressive music in Jazz history including the hit albums: "My Favorite Things," "Africa Brass," " Impressions," "Giant Steps," and his monumental work "A Love Supreme." Coltrane felt we must all make a conscious effort to effect positive change in the world, and that his music was an instrument to create positive thought patterns in the minds of people.

The Coltrane legacy continues at the 43rd Annual University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar and Concert. Check back soon to find out how.

Tickets are on sale now at the William Pitt Union box office (412-648-7814) and University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office (lower level of the Stephen Foster Memorial). You can also order tickets by calling 412-624-play (7529) or online at

Ticket prices: $25 orchestra level, $20 adults, $10 all students with a valid student ID. (Student tickets available at William Pitt Union and Foster Memorial only.)