The Coltrane spirit

September 29, 2008

The spirit of John Coltrane came alive at the library on Sunday, September 28.  Dave Liebman, along with John’s son Ravi, enthralled the audience with stories from John’s life and times,  and helped us to understand the beauty and complexity in John’s music.  At the end of the discussion the two jazz giants treated us to a live taste of Coltrane music and took questions from the audience.

We brought Dave and Ravi upstairs to look at our Coltrane Collection computer, and couldn’t drag them away!  We watched as they enjoyed reminiscing through the pictures and sounds with some help from visiting Coltrane scholar Yasuhiro “Fuji” Fujioka.

Alexander McCall Smith, in the newspaper and on the web

September 19, 2008
Thanks to Give ’em What they Want

Like Charles Dickens before him, Alexander McCall Smith decided to serialize his latest novel, Cordury Mansions, in the newspaper. The UK Telegraph has it exclusively and will be putting a chapter up each weekday through February 13. They are also making available an audio version (read by Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers.)

The author encourages readers to write in suggestions about what should happen in the book.

Take a bite of Mango

September 8, 2008

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The Coltrane Legacy

September 2, 2008

The Coltrane Legacy
Sunday, September 28, 2 pm (DH)
Three saxophone giants will take the stage to raise awareness about the restoration of jazz icon John Coltrane’s Dix Hills home. Ravi Coltrane, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman will demonstrate and discuss the themes that endure in Coltrane’s work. Also present will be Yasuhiro Fujioka, noted Coltrane historian.

While you’re here, sit down and try out the Coltrane Computer, located by the magzines, just past the DVDs, in a warm spot by a window.