navigation list

coltrane firsthand

John Coltrane Group, 'Newport Jazz Festival', Newport RI July 2, 1966

Jack responds to a note that Fujioka had indicated that producer George Wein wanted to stop the band between numbers. Trane was the last act on the afternoon show. By the time the first song was over, it was about the usual ending time for the matinee. As Wein started out, as he would as mc, to thank Trane and announce the end of the show, the band started the second song. I doubt Trane even noticed him. I could see Wein standing off stage from my seat during "Welcome", and I could sense his understandable anxiety. The logistics of the festival made getting the audience out so clean-up for the evening show could begin very important.

At the end of the second number, as he [Wein] started out again, the band immediately began the third song, and he went back off stage, even more nervous. I remember thinking how the responsibility of running a festival could keep one from enjoying the music as much as the audience. Any way, I just wanted to make things clear, as the Fujioka quote might be misconstrued as antagonism by Wein for the music itself or Trane defying the festival producer. It didn't appear to me that either was the case (sure, Wein's musical interests as a player and a fan were generally for older styles, but he definitely seemed to respect creativity of any era).

How do I remember the details of a concert from over thirty years ago? Well, it was the single most satisfying listening experience I ever had, and I don't think I'll ever forget it.

--Jack Lefton

Notes and Comments


Porter, Lewis. John Coltrane. Chronology, p. 375. "July 2, 2:00 pm. Newport Festival, Rhode Island, on a bill with Horace Silver, Charles Lloyd, Bill Dixon.


Published Reviews:

NOTE: Fuji and Porter list the second title from this performance as having been "Peace on Earth". In a separate email, however, Jack told me: "The middle tune, which was unfamiliar to me, was, however easy to remember. About a year later, when Kulu Se Mama came out, I recognized it as 'Welcome'. " Later, when the Concert in Japan LP came out, Jack decided that he might have been mistaken, so the original version of this report showed "Peace on Earth", to conform to the discography. Jack's recollection however has been supported by Alain Venditti, who has been able to audition a tape of the performance, and can confirm that the second tune performed was in fact "Welcome".

Return to Coltrane FirstHand Index

Contents of this page copyright by Jack Lefton (report) and David Wild (comments). All the usual legal protections apply.

John Coltrane   |  Ornette Coleman  |  Dave Wild  |  Ken Wild  |  TJO  |  Central Texas Jazz  |  Home
Dave Wild's WildPlace and its contents are protected by copyright and are published for non-commercial use only. Some of the contents of this site are based on The Recordings of John Coltrane: A Discography, (c) 1977, 1978, 1979 by David Wild and disc’ribe, Issues # 1, # 2, and # 3, (c) 1980, 1981 and 1983 by Angelyn and David Wild. All the usual legal protections apply. Click here to send mail to Dave Wild.