TraneTraxx s a Community of jazz devotees joining together to plan events to support and promote the music of John and Alice Coltrane.
Our projects include:
Tribute to John Coltrane Concerts
John Coltrane Days Around the Bay (September 19-23, 2019)
A Love Supreme Saxophone Summit
Our goal is to "Inculcate the masses with the music of John and Alice Coltrane." We are an ACTION COMMUNITY using our resources to bring the music of John and Alice Coltrane to the people. A Love Supreme is our Mantra. John and Alice Coltrane are our musical inspirations to help create a more loving world thru music.
TraneTraxx is a Community Project of the Non Profit Humane Renaissance Movement under Fiscal Sponsor Social Good Fund Inc, EIN 46-1323531. Donations are tax deductible.
John Coltrane Day Around the Bay
Every September, TraneTraxx takes part in the John Coltrane Day Around the Bay by sponsoring and organizing a Tribute to John Coltrane. Last year's Coltrane tribute was held at Poor House Bistro Studio in San Jose, and featured James Mahone, Grant Levin, Marcus Selby and Mike Mitchell. Also, Mike Olmos playing trumpet on Miles/Coltrane Connection.
Our inaugural show in 2016 at Café Stritch in San Jose was a knockout success hosted by Eddie Gale, with Michael Skolnik (KPTA Radio), James Graves (NJR Talk Show), the Tiffany Austin Quintet, Mitch Butler, George V. Johnson Jr. (singer), Lasana, Poetess Kalamu Chaché, Howard Wiley, Marcus Shelby, Matt Clark, Akira Tana, Joel Beckman, Patrick Hogan, Ken Berman, Tim Lin Quartet, James Mahone, Joe Warner, and Glen Pearson.
Our 2017 tribute was also held at Café Stritch, and featured Steve Heckman with Matt Clark, Marcus Shelby, and Akira Tana; also featured were the James Mahone Quartet with Geechi Taylor on Trumpet, Josh Milgrom on base, Andre Sumelius on drums; and Poetess Kalamu Cache. Learn about other past events HERE.
A Love Supreme Saxophone Summit
On the same weekend in September, TraneTraxx, in co-operation with the San Jose Saxophone Choir organizes the annual A Love Supreme Saxophone Summit with shows in San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Adults and kids from all over the Bay Area join together on stage for public performances of John Coltrane's classic A Love Supreme. Everyone who registers receives sheet music, and attends rehearsals for the public performances.
2019 Saxophone Summit Cancelled
This year’s Saxophone Summit was to feature a Master Class with Andrew White, but we are sad to announce that Andrew has health issues, and will not be able to attend this year.
For nearly 60 years, he has been transcribing the improvisations of John Coltrane's performances, and was to provide sheet music for A Love Supreme and other John Coltrane pieces for our Community Saxophone Ensemble Summit.
Club Fox Redwood City
In between these annual events, we sometimes pull together world-class musicians for impromptu tributes to Coltrane and Miles Davis as a fundraiser for the larger events in September. This past May (2019) we organized a world-class tribute at Club Fox Redwood City with a pre-show talk by Dr. Nicholas Baham on the subject of Coltrane’s rarely heard composition, Alabama. Miles/Coltrane Connection played the beautiful and moving Alabama to the poetry of Poetess Kalamu Chache. Sitting in that night on Alabama and A Love Supreme were Lyle Link on sax, Josh Thurston-Milgram on bass, Grant Levin on piano, John Hanrahan on drums, and Ronnie Ray Padilla on guitar.