Ashley Kahn, Author of Book on John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" Album, to Present Reading at UB on Jan. 13

Release Date: December 31, 2002

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ashley Kahn, author of "A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album," will give a reading at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 in the auditorium of Allen Hall on the University at Buffalo South (Main Street) Campus.

Kahn's reading will be broadcast live on WBFO 88.7 FM, UB's National Public Radio affiliate, and be presented as part of the station's "Meet the Author" series. It will be free and open to the public.

The reading will be presented by WBFO in cooperation with Talking Leaves Books and just buffalo literary center. A reception and book signing will take place following the reading.

Bert Gambini, WBFO music director, will be the host.

Few albums in the canon of popular music have influenced, resonated and endured like John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" -- a recording that elevated jazz to the level of spiritual exploration, proving it a fitting medium for expressing the inexpressible.

Kahn's "A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album" is a passionate, revealing portrait of the creation of the album, balancing biography, cultural context and musical analysis.

Kahn is an accomplished writer, author and veteran music-production specialist who has devoted his career to bringing together great music and open-eared audiences in a variety of ways. He also was the primary contributor to "Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide" and has written numerous articles for the The New York Times and Mojo.

The reading will be Kahn's second visit to Buffalo, his first being a discussion of "Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece" in January 2001.

"Meet the Author" is an interactive, public lecture series geared toward those with a passion for learning, accurate authoritative commentary, and open civic discourse. Individual programs allow the community to convene and share ideas with an important literary contributor to society.

Past participants have included Lauren Belfer, author of "City of Light;" Frank DeFord, NPR commentator, sports writer/commentator and author of "Don't Get Me Started," and Craig Wilson, USA Today columnist and author of "It's the Little Things: An Appreciation of Life's Simple Pleasures."

The audio from Meet the Author events is archived on WBFO's Web site at http://www.wbfo.buffalo.edu/programming/authors.php3.

For more information, call WBFO at 829-6000.