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This February, KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM San Diego celebrates Black History Month by honoring the Coltrane Legacy.

We’ll dive so deeply into the environments and experiences that made and informed Coltrane’s ever-evolving musicality, you’ll wonder whether it’d be more apt to call us jazz spelunkers or even jazz archaeologists (even though none of us here are even remotely equipped to pull off those titles, at least sartorially). And we’ll cover every major period and album, every meaningful collaboration, and as many of the musicians who’ve meaningfully carried that legacy’s torch as a single month will allow; after all, the reach of Coltrane’s musical and spiritual influence was vast during his life and has been consistently approaching infinite since his death. Like the universe, it touches more than we can perceive and comprehend and continues to grow.

So maybe don’t expect us to know the unknowable, but trust that we’ve done our best to roughly keep pace with prevailing trends in cosmic expansion. And trust that meticulously curated and masterfully presented special programming is coming your way ALL MONTH LONG, courtesy of those who’ve devoted their lives and livelihoods to being keepers of the Coltrane flame.

And, while you’re listening, refresh this page every so often. There will be some fun — maybe even funny — and always informative features, album reviews that will track contemporaneously with our on-air programming, and more!

Click any photo below to scroll through an array of historic Coltrane pictures.

Trane at Five Spot w Monk's band in '57Trane at The Five Spot w Monk, 1957The Philadelphia house where Coltrane lived with Cousin Mary from 1952 to 1958. Photo by Yasuhiro Fujiokaphoto that became the cover of Blue Train, 1957 Photo by Francis WolffScan0036The iconic cover photo for Coltrane Live at the Village Vanguard Again. Pharaoh, Al Photo by Chuck StewartTaken during the Coltrane Live at Birdland session, 1963John and Alice Coltrane circa 1966 Photo by Chuck StewartFrom left Johnny Griffin, Coltrane, and Hank Mobley on Johnny Griffin--A Blowing Session (1959, Blue Note) Photo by Francis WolffFrom L Curtis Fuller, Coltrane, Donald Byrd, recording session for Sonny's Crib, 1957 Photo by Francis WolffElvin Jones (left) and Coltrane Photo by Joe Alper. circa 61-62, prob at Showboat in Phila.Coltrane smokes a pipe while taking a break from recording A Love Supreme at Van Gelder Studios, Dec. 1964Coltrane while recording Ascension, his giant step into Free Jazz. At Van Gelder June 1965Coltrane and McCoy Tyner going over music while recording the Coltrane Johnny Hartman album at Van Gelder, 1963 Photo by Joe Alpercoltrane photographed for My Favorite Things, 1960coltrane circa 55-56, playing with Miles QuintetColtrane recording Ballads with Tyner, Garrsion, and Jones. Van Gelder Studios, 1962Coltrane induction into Navy photo