VOTE NOW: Does John Coltrane Or The Velvet Underground Deserve The Title Of “Quintessential New York Musician”?


March! The old saying is that it goes in like a lion and out like a lamb. But in tournament terms, it’s more like it goes in like a crowded party where lots of people are invited and out like the very end of that long night, when the two people who know how to navigate the socializing ups and downs are sitting on the couch, calmly, cracking sly jokes. Which is to say that we’ve nearly reached the end of our search for the quintessential New York City musician—that one music-maker who embodies this city’s spirit better than the tens of thousands of their peers—and we have one last match to go before a winner is crowned. The final two candidates? The pioneering saxophonist John Coltrane and the art-rock heroes the Velvet Underground. Vote below, and feel free to electioneer in the comments.

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