VOTE NOW: Will John Coltrane Or Blondie Make It To The Finals In Our Quintessential New York Musician Search?
As March comes to a close, so does our month-ish-long battle royale between 64 New York musicians, all of whom were put in the mix to decide which one best embodied the spirit of the city. Each of the divisionsUptown, Queens, Downtown, and Brooklynhas now crowned a winner, and for our first semifinal matchup, we pit the saxophonist and composer (and No. 1 Uptown seed) against the scrappy New Wavers Blondie (who rose to Queens' summit all the way from the No. 12 seed). The ballot is below, as is a look at how both musicians arrived at this exalted point. Vote now; the polls close at midnight tonight!
HOW COLTRANE CAME TO RULE UPTOWN
John Coltrane, "Giant Steps"
Round of 64: Def. Lisa Lisa (16)
Round of 32: Def. Glenn Branca (8)
Round of 16: Def. Bette Midler (5)
Quarterfinal: Def. Alicia Keys (14)
HOW BLONDIE MUSCLED THEIR WAY TO THE TOP OF THE UNISPHERE
Round of 64: Def. Run-DMC (5)
Round of 32: Def. Nas (4)
Round of 16: Def Carole King (9)
Quarterfinal: Def. Neil Diamond (3)