“Hanrahan felt the hand of serendipity. Earlier in the month, walking
past City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, he had noticed a volume in
the window: A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album,
by Ashley Kahn. Hanrahan went inside, flipped through the book, and
noticed the album’s recording date: Dec. 9, 1964. He was born exactly
two years later, on Dec. 9, 1966: 'Unbelievable. It just rang in my head
so much,' he says, 'the whole idea of playing music for a purpose. Why am I here? I needed something to get me through [...] and all I did was listen to A Love Supreme.'”
A Love Supreme electric article - January 2018 "No one in the region has done more to make the full [Love Supreme] suite an active part of the repertoire than Santa Cruz drummer John Hanrahan. He’s been performing the suite around the country in recent years, including a memorable set at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, but the band he brings to Michael’s On Main on Saturday approaches A Love Supreme from an entirely different angle."
“John Hanrahan’s A Love Supreme project made a strong impact at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival. The music was powerful, on-point and created an emotional statement that paid true allegiance to it's inspirational source it’s inspirational source”.
Tim Jackson - Monterey Jazz Festival Director / Kuumbwa Jazz Center Co-Founder
"John Coltrane’sA LOVE SUPREMEtook music to the outer edges, both spiritually and acoustically—it was quite literally far out in every way. But I don’t think even Trane envisioned the addition of electricity to the mix. Turns out it works. John Hanrahan’s A Love Supreme Electric Project will quite simply stir up your brain cells,
A veteran of the creatively fecund Chicago jazz scene, Santa Cruz-based drummer John Hanrahan has made a strong impression in the area with his quartet’s galvanizing performances of John Coltrane’s prayerful masterpiece A Love Supreme. He gets an early start celebrating the golden anniversary of an epochal musical year with “Sounds from ’67—Miles to McCoy, Jimi to The Beatles,” a program celebrating some of the recordings that defined a transitional era, as rock embraced psychedelia and jazz musicians explored new structures and forms.