Band: The John Coltrane Christmas
Date: Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 p.m.
Venue: The Brickyard, 266 Dauphin St., 251-219-6488
Tickets: Call for information
Mobile is filled with musical yuletide traditions but this one of the best. For many years, a holiday mix of musicians led by keyboardist Chris Spies has taken the stage to pay homage to one of jazz’s most iconic musicians, John Coltrane. Throughout the organized chaos of his arrangements, Coltrane threaded each measure with a smooth ribbon of deep work on the saxophone.
With this legendary sound as a focus, Spies has recruited an impressive lineup to tackle Coltrane’s style. Spies’ progeny Christopher Spies will be handling saxophone. Fresh from curating “James Brown Funky Christmas” in Atlanta, Kevin Scott will be contributing bass riffs. Nick Johnson will bring his guitar licks for this tribute. Drummer Jermal Watson will be a welcome holiday visitor from the Big Easy.
Anyone expecting note-for-note renditions of Coltrane’s compositions will be disappointed; Coltrane would not have wanted it that way.