Boston is celebrating John Coltrane - one of America's most influential musicians - the week of September 16-18, 2010 at Northeastern University with a series of lectures, audio visual exhibits and a concert.
The idea for an annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert was initiated in 1977 by a group of Black American musicians to honor Coltrane's musican and spiritual legacy. The concert has been held continuously since then, with Northeastern University hosting it for the past 25 years.
The following events are open to the public:
Thursday, September 16
A symposium with Coltrane experts Leonard Brown and Emmett G. Price III of Northeastern University; WGBH jazz radio host Eric Jackson; composer Anthony Brown; and Tommy Lee Lott, a scholar on avant-garde jazz in the 1960s. Plus, a new book edited by Dr. Brown, is being released by Oxford University Press. The book is entitled John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom - The event takes place at the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute.
Friday, September 17
A 25 year retrospective on the John Coltrane Memorial Concerts, featuring vintage audio and video plus commentary by past performers. The event takes place at the Raytheon Room, Egan Research Center.
Saturday, September 18
The John Coltrane Memorial Concert features Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra performing "India and Africa: A Tribute to John Coltrane." Eric Jackson of WGBH is the host. Syd Smart, one of the founders of the JCMC, is being honored with a Lifetime Musical Recognition Award. The concert takes place at Blackman Theatre.
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