What is the story of this Jazz story?
December 1, 2011 6:41 PM Subscribe
Somewhere in the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, a musician who played with John Coltrane remembers a story about Coltrane defending one of his musicians with violence in some way, and then ends the story with the punchline: "You have to be willing to Die for a motherfucker." Who was that speaking?
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Here's the problem: I don't own it and am unsure of ALL the details of this memory. Was Coltrane the star? Was it really in defense of a fellow player? Or was it a story of a couple of musicians fighting and getting stabbed over chord changes and the punchline was "You have to be willing to Die for motherfucking chord changes!" Maybe that was it! My uncertainty is ruining my google fu. All I know is that it involves dying for the music, and the music being really important, and the word Motherfucker.
Does anyone have a clearly recollection of this story and the players in it? I need it for a piece I am writing this very night.
Thanks in advancement.