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Celebrating Coltrane 2017

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Bar none, John Coltrane is the most influential tenor saxophonist in jazz history. Whether it's his patented "sheets of sound," his rapid-fire improvisations or his bold cathartic wails, no aspiring jazz saxophonist can afford to neglect the music of Coltrane.      - - - - John Diliberto



I feel like I have been listening to A Love Supreme since the day I was born. I can remember looking at the album cover and hearing that music. It is one of the first albums that I ever remember being aware of. I am sure it was playing in the house from the day I was born, because it was one of my mom’s favorite records. I didn’t start playing the saxophone until I was ten years old. I had been listening to A Love Supreme for ten years before I even picked up a saxophone. - - - - Joshua Redman



I think some people don't understand that Coltrane was really a very religious man.             - - - - Archie Shepp



One of the most important artists of the 20th century was our neighbor. He walked among us. He lived among us. He was not born here, but he became a man and a professional musician here. We celebrate his 91st birthday this month. September 23rd, 2017.


His name was John William Coltrane.


Philadelphia Jazz Project in collaboration with Fairmount Park Conservancy, PhillyCAM, WRTI, Jazz Near You and other partners will celebrate John Coltrane's 91st Birthday with 7 days of events.  These events will take place between September 18th to 24th, 2017.




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The festivities will include screenings, media presentations, concerts, broadcasts and other special events.





    ▪    A second line-inspire Jazz Walk in Fairmount Park
    ▪    Jam session inspired by the saxophone duels of the past
    ▪    Film Screening of new Coltrane documentary
    ▪    Interesting Coltrane-centered TV and Radio Broadcasts
    ▪    A special Tenor Madness concert featuring some of Philly's finest saxophonists


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Participating venues will include: East Park Reservoir/Fairmount Park, South Jazz Cafe, Rittenhouse Soundworks, Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Branch, WRTI - 90.1FM, WPPM 106.5FM and more.




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Participating artists will include; Odean Pope, Leon Jordan Sr, Jim Holton, Larry Price, Charles Cunningham, Terry Lawson, Alan Nelson, Josh Lee, Tim Price, Kevin Valentine, Julian Pressley, Lynn Riley, Sam Reed, Pete Chavez, Jeff Johnson, Jack Saint Clair, Chris Oatts, Bobby Zankel and more.




If you would like to donate to this cause, feel free to make a contribution. You can send checks, or money orders written out to Philadelphia Jazz Project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia. Please send donations to:


Philadelphia Jazz Project of CultureTrust 

1315 Walnut St Suite 320,

Philadelphia, PA 19107



To make a credit card contribution, just click the donate button below.




Remember with your help, we can make this celebration special and spread the word throughout our region about this musical genius and spiritual pathfinder, who was once our neighbor. Remember, all you have to do is reach out to us at or at 267-259-3802.



This celebration is presented by the Philadelphia Jazz Project, in collaboration with WRTI, PhillyCAM, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, South Jazz Cafe, Rittenhouse Soundworks, Jazz Near You, City of Philadelphia, Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, Fairmount Park Conservancy, East Fairmount Park Coalition, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.


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Celebrating Coltrane 2017 was made possible by support from the The Wyncote Foundation / Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation.



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