Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



First Advisor

John Gunther

Second Advisor

Brad Goode

Third Advisor

Tom Riis

Fourth Advisor

Paul McKee

Fifth Advisor

Carter Pann

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Many universally recognized jazz masters have been drawn toward spirituality and/or religion. Some have fused various sonic elements of religious musics with jazz, while others have been known to musically adapt intellectual or emotional themes found in sacred texts. There are also those who have not only realized an inseparable bond between their music and their faith, but who have found lifelong purpose and fulfillment through spiritual and/or religious discipline. Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane not only devoted themselves to the pursuit of musical mastery but also to the pursuit of self-realization. This paper discusses the unique paths each took to get there as well as their similar desire to connect with a deeper part of themselves.

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