The Night That John Coltrane Played Seattle and Pushed Afro-Futurism Forward

Originally published in Seattle Weekly September 29, 2015

Fifty years ago, the hottest jazz artist in the world arrived in the Emerald City in search of a new sound. He found it.

In 1965, America was at a turning point. The Beatles played their first stadium concert, Bob Dylan went electric, Malcolm X was assassinated, Martin Luther King marched to Selma, NASA launched probes to the moon and Mars, and men first walked in space. Here in Seattle, the Space Needle had been pointing to the heavens for four years.

And on September 30, saxophonist John Coltrane and his ensemble would weave together all these threads at a 225-seat jazz club on the corner of First Avenue and Cherry Street and make history.