A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 24, 2015
“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere”

"You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere” is a frequently cited quotation attributed to American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (1926-1967), but it’s not known if he ever said it. The quotation has been cited in print since 2004.


Wikipedia: John Coltrane
John William Coltrane, also known as “Trane” (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.

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John Coltrane: “You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.”

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11/28/04
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“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.”
John Coltrane

Google Books
Wabi Sabi:
The Art of Everyday Life

By Diane Durston
North Adams, MA: Storey Pub.
2006
Pg. 192:
You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere. —John Coltrane

23 September 2007, The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH), pg. F3, col. 2:
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“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.” John Coltrane

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“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.”
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“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere” — John Coltrane
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“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere” ~ John Coltrane drops science. Today marks the 50th anniversary of ‘A Love Supreme.’
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