McIntire Department of Music


Come celebrate the 80th birthday of John Coltrane with the Free Bridge Quintet on Saturday, September 23rd in Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia. This concert will feature some of the most memorable music written by this prolific jazz saxophonist and composer who died at the tragically young age of 40 in 1967. It is undeniable that jazz would be much different without the life and music of John Coltrane. The Free Bridge Quintet is proud to celebrate Trane's legacy on the 80th anniversary of his birth.

The Free Bridge Quintet is the official faculty jazz quintet of the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music. It features Jeff Decker on saxophones, Robert Jospé on the drums, Bob Hallahan on piano, Peter Spaar on bass and John D'earth on trumpet.


Born September 23, 1926, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane has been described as "one of those rare monumental figures who enters a scene and leaves it totally transformed," according to saxophonist Jeff Decker. Known for not only his stunning technique, but also for his amazing command of jazz improvisation and theory, Coltrane is without a doubt one of the most influential jazz artists of all time. Many of his recordings have received numerous honors such as two certified gold albums, one Grammy awarded posthumously for the "Best solo jazz performance" and the lifetime achievement award from the recording academy as a "performer who has made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording for his entire life." His landmark recording "A Love Supreme" still rates as one the most beautiful and personal musical statements in the jazz lexicon. His hit "My Favorite Things" was named one of the top 360 songs of the century by the NEA and the RIAA.

The show begins at 8:00 pm and tickets are $15 for the general public, $8 for students, and 5 ARTS$ for UVA students. Tickets are available at the Cabell Hall Box Office at (434) 924-3984. The box office is open 12pm- 5pm Monday through Friday and two hours before each concert.

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112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Departmental Information: (434) 924-3052
Cabell Hall Box Office: (434) 924-3984