The Dancing Saints
is "a 3,000 square foot icon wrapping around the entire church rotunda, showing ninety larger-than life saints; four animals; stars, moons, suns and a twelve-foot dancing Christ." Among the icons are traditional saints like Francis of Assisi
and Mary Magdalene
, but most of them are non-traditional saints, like Florence Nightingale
, John Coltrane
and Lady Godiva's Horse
. The Dancing Saints Icon is inside the St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church
in San Francisco. You can watch a video tour of the church's architecture
, read an interview with iconographer Mark Dukes
, and a short essay on the Dancing Saints Icon by Richard Fabian
The World According to John Coltrane
is a one-hour documentary, featuring lots of music footage and interviews with prominent jazz musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Tommy Flanagan and many others. It's an excellent primer on the enormously influential saxophonist's life and music.
NPR's jazz blog A Blog Supreme
recently concluded a series in which they asked jazz bloggers to "name five albums you would recommend to somebody looking to get into modern jazz". The results are now up in the category Jazz Now
; the intro has the index
, including reactions elsewhere. Destination: Out had some pricklier suggestions
—see also their best of the 90s
list (and their own nominations
). [more inside]
A cool tale about second graders
at P.S. 178 in Queens falling in love with John Coltrane, and raising funds
to help restore the house in nearby Dix Hills [previously on mefi]
where the saxophonist (and saint
?) composed his spiritual masterpiece A Love Supreme [last four links go to Youtube]
Some good music
. . . and a nice flash implementation of access to it. A respite from the toil and strife of the day.
Coltrane at 75: the Man and the Myths.
The evolution of the view of John Coltrane as a spiritual figure. Is this a process that happens to any great musician dying at the height of their powers?
(NYT link, registration required, blah, blah) Link via the AJList