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A personal note from Jamie Howison: An important part of the research for this book was the series of interviews I conducted with musicians, writers, and theologians. Many of these were done in person, others over the phone or through e-mail. The willingness of so many to set aside other commitments to share a conversation. In no particular order, thanks to John Patitucci, Jimmy Greene, Lewis Porter, David Wild, Earl MacDonald, Bill Crow, Ike Sturm, Dale Lind, Christian McBride, Loren Schoenberg, McCoy Tyner, Charlie Peacock, Steve Bell, Gregory Thomas, Calvin Seerveld, William Edgar, Don Saliers, Christopher Holmes, and James Cone.

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Jimmy Greene is a passionate musician and powerful saxophonist, currently serving as Assistant Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University. His recordings include Live at Smalls (SmallsLive), Mission Statement (RazDaz/Sunnyside), The Overcomers Suite (NuJazz), Gifts and Givers (Criss Cross), True Life Stories (Criss Cross), Forever (Criss Cross), Brand New World (RCA Victor), Live at Birdland (RCA Victor) and Introducing Jimmy Greene (Criss Cross). This interview was conducted in Winnipeg on February 26, 2010, during Jimmy’s time as a member of the Jazz Studies department at the University of Manitoba.

  • To listen to excerpts from the interview with Jimmy Greene, click the arrow:

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Calvin Seerveld is Professor Emeritus in Philosophical Aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, and the author of several influential books, including Rainbows for the Fallen World and Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves: Alternative Steps in Understanding Art. Seerveld has been one of the pioneering figures in challenging the church to look at the arts with new eyes. This interview was conducted in Toronto in January 2010.

  • To listen to excerpts from the interview with Calvin Seerveld, click the arrow:

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Loren Schoenberg is currently the Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and over the years has been a driving force in the development of that institution’s vision. He is also a jazz musician and educator, with a tireless passion for the music and the people who create it. Christian McBride currently serves as the Museum’s Artistic Advisor, but is best known as one of the most sought-after and innovative bass players working today. This interview was conducted at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on January 25, 2011.

  • Audio of Loren Schoenberg and Christian McBride:

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Audio of the keynote address on Coltrane as a religious figure, delivered at the Third Annual Symposium of the The Canadian Institute for Studies in Pop Culture and Religion, held at Booth University College in Winnipeg, Saturday March 17, 2012.

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