Monday, January 8, 2024

A Little Night Music: All That Jazz: How John Coltrane’s ‘My Favorite Things’ Changed American Music

Jeff MacGregor at offers a look back at the late, great jazz musician John Coltrane and his classic rendition of My Favorite Things.

They gathered one afternoon in late October of 1960, at the Atlantic Records studios in a nondescript building at 234 West 56th Street in New York: pianist McCoy Tyner, just 21, a prodigy from Philadelphia; Steve Davis, upright bass, 31, also from Philly; and Elvin Jones, at 33 a veteran drummer who had played with everyone from Art Farmer and Pepper Adams to Gil Evans and Miles Davis.

And then there was John Coltrane, 34, already widely acknowledged as the next great jazz saxophonist, following Charlie Parker’s death in 1955. The little band had been playing together since May.

It was the first proper recording session for the John Coltrane Quartet—and it promptly produced one of the greatest moments in jazz history: Coltrane’s rendition of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things.” A regular had recently shown Coltrane the sheet music one night at the Jazz Gallery, a club on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, and Coltrane thought he could make something of it.

“We took it to rehearsal and, just like that, fell right into it,” Coltrane said in a 1961 interview.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

How John Coltrane's 'My Favorite Things' Changed American Music | Arts & Culture| Smithsonian Magazine 

And listen to the remastered classic jazz song via the below link:

My Favorite Things (Stereo) (2022 Remaster) (

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