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Coltrane Celebration Schedule




COLTRANE AT 90 CELEBRATION SCHEDULE

 

Philadelphia Jazz Project, in collaboration with Temple University Libraries, WRTI, PhillyCAM, Jazz Near You and other partners present a celebration of John Coltrane's 90th Birthday with 9 days of FREE events in Philadelphia. These events will take place between September 17th to 25th, 2016.

 

ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE OF CHARGE

BUT TO ATTEND, YOU MUST REGISTER AT EVENTBRITE

 

 

Button 12Saturday, September 17th, 2016   –  12:00 noon

Jazz Walk – Giant Steps

Various Artists Are Participating

East Park Reservoir/Fairmount Park

33rd and Diamond Streets, Phila., PA 19121

 

The Jazz Walk is a one day, outdoor celebration to publicly acknowledge and celebrate John Coltrane's 90th Birthday. It will present “six stations” or stops located around the East Park Reservoir in Fairmount Park featuring live music, information and refreshments.

 

Participating musicians include the Space Whale Ensemble, Eye2Eye Trio & Larry Price, Terry Lawson & Alan Nelson, Chris Stevens, Korey Riker, Josh Lee, Tim Price Trio & Michael Pedicin, Suzanne Burgess & Paul Jost, Sam Reed, Larry McKenna, Pete Chavez and many others.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

 

 

Jazz Walk After Party  –  6:00pm

Pop-Up Beer Garden Hosted by The Fairmount Park Conservancy

Hatfield House 

3300 Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

 

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Button 12Sunday, September 18th, 2016   –  4:30pm

Coltrane: Cookin' & Sweatin'

Featuring Lucky Thompson All Star Group

New Barber’s Hall

1402 W Oxford St, Phila., PA 19121

 

Drummer Lucky Thompson and percussionist Karen Smith present a blazing concert exploring the vibes of the early 1950s, as John Coltrane developed into the artist we all know and love. This is about the birth of Hard Bop. The music gets funky and more soulful in that period. The house band features Jim Holton – piano, Justin Sekelewski – bass, Josh Lee - tenor sax, Lauren Lark Jones & Michael Andrews – vocals. The spirit of dance is surely to be in the house. If the spirit moves…. then do what comes naturally.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

 

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Button 12Monday, September 19th, 2016   –  7:00pm
Mysterious Traveler 3 Concert Series

Featuring Chris Oatts - Saxophonist

Free Library of Phila Parkway Central Branch

1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

The first concert of the ongoing collaboration between PJP and The Free Library of Philadelphia. This time, the featured artists explore elements from the Free Library's collections and create new works inspired by them. Saxophonist Chris Oatts, visits the library's Education, Philosophy & Religion Department and shares some Coltrane vibes as well.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

 

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Button 12Tuesday, September 20th, 2016   –  8:00pm

Kulu Se Mama Tribute

Featuring Sonic 8

Conwell Dance Theater

1801 North Broad Street, 5th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19122

 

Sonic Liberation 8 presents a live performance of the music contained on John Coltrane’s 1965 album, “Kulu Se Mama.” This album serves a bridge in Coltrane’s development. It marks the beginning us his use of African percussion and also, his exploration of African spirituality. Featuing Kevin Diehl, Nichola Rivera, Tom Lowery and Ron Howerton – percussion; Matt Engle – bass, Veronica Jurkiewicz – viola, Elliot Levin – woodwinds and Mike Watson – bass clarinet.

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

 

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Button 12Wednesday, September 21st, 2016   –  3:00pm

Coltrane Festival at the Temple Bell Tower

Polett Walk between 12th & 13th Streets, Phila., PA 19122

(Rain Location, Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk)

 

All Coltrane, all afternoon at this pop-up musical performance by Temple University, Boyer School of Music students, faculty and local music professionals.

 

 

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2016   –  7:00pm

Video Screening

Ritz At The Bourse

400 Ranstead St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

Scribe Video Center presents three Coltrane-related works including two short of their own projects; “The John Coltrane House:” a recently produced nine minute video, along with “Giant Steps:” produced in collaboration with The John W. Coltrane Society in 1994. Also included is “Coltrane's Philadelphia” by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia – a 25-minute film.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

 

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Button 12Thursday, September 22nd, 2016   –  8:00pm

Equinox Concert

Conwell Dance Theater

1801 North Broad Street, 5th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19122

 

A special event taking place on the Equinox and of course, celebrating Coltrane’s classic composition of the same name. Concert celebrating both the celestial equinox and John Coltrane's fascination with science and celestial bodies. Featuring an all star ensemble with Alfie Pollitt – piano, Steve Beskrone – bass, Alan Nelson – drums, Victor North, Pete Chavez & Nasir Dickerson – tenor sax, Bobby Zankel – alto sax, Vince Turnbull – trumpet, Bob Blacksburg – trombone

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

 

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Button 12Friday, September 23rd, 2016   –  12:00pm

Lunchtime Jam: Tribute to John Coltrane & Exhibit Opening

Church of the Advocate

1801 Diamond St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

 

 

Temple University Libraries and Charles L. Blockson Collection present an exhibition of John W. Mosley's Jazz photographs which opens at the Church of the Advocate with a celebration and musical performances. Mosley was a prolific and renowned Philadelphia photographer; his images are one of the Blockson Collection's richest visual resources, documenting political, social, and cultural life of the African American community from the 1930s through the 1960.

 

 

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Friday, September 23rd, 2016   –  6:00pm

Solo Saxophone Tribute & Marathon

Church of the Advocate

1801 Diamond St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

 

WRTI's, J. Michael Harrison & PJP present a saxophone-centered tribute to John Coltrane. Starting at 6:00PM and running until midnight. The players would include a diverse spectrum of local, regional and international artists, such as James Carter, Bobby Zankel, Greg Osby, Sonny Fortune, Odean Pope, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Julian Pressley, Billy Harper, Mark Allen, Azar Lawrence, Sam Reed, Oli Mathisen, Douglas Ewart, James Brandon Lewis, Nasir Dickerson and others.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

 

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Button 12Saturday, September 24th, 2016   –  6:00pm

A Jam Supreme At Piazza

Featuring WorldTown Sound System & The Living Sample

The Piazza At Schmidts Commons

1001 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

 

Tri-State Indie and Boom Room Studios present a joyous celebration of John Coltrane's music as interpreted by Hiphop, House and Techno musicians and DJs. Featuring WorldTown Sound System and The Living Sample along with special guest Jazz soloists. The two ensembles will explore A Love Supreme and other key Coltrane compositions.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

 

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Button 12Sunday, September 25th, 2016   –  NEW TIME 6:00pm

Listening Party & Jam Session

The Fire

412 W Girard Ave, Phila, PA 19123

 

The Fire, Brewerytown Beats & Cratebeats Inc. present a culminating Jam Session/Beat Battle/Listening Party for the Coltrane Celebration. We'll be listening to Trane recordings, checking out a crate diggers' beat battle utilizing Coltrane recordings to create new Hiphop and Techno creations and then, we'll open the stage to a Jam Session. It will be open to the public and musicians who performed in earlier events will be encouraged to come thru as well.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

 

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Button Black 1Ongoing Until December 23d, 2016

A Love Supreme Exhibition

Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection

Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122

 

A Love Supreme is a special Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection exhibition commemorating Coltrane's 90th birthday and his impact on the music of the Great Migration.

 

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Button Black 2Saturday, September 24th, 2016  –  8:00pm

The Music of Jymie Merritt and the Forerunners

Painted Bride Art Center

230 Vine Street, Phila, PA 19106

 

Formed by Jymie Merritt in 1962, the Forerunners are a band that uses the mathematics of rhythm, as a tool. Making a pledge at John Coltrane's funeral to continue to forge ahead with creative music, the group has quietly been an incubator for Philadelphia's avant-garde jazz creators. With an alumni which reads like a local Jazz who's who, the group is now led by Jymie’s son, bassist Mike Merritt; a member of late-night TV host Conan O’Brien’s band. He's joined by Odean Pope, Alan Nelson, Terry Lawson, Warren McLendon and Colmare Duncan.

 

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Button Black 3From September 21st - 23rd, 2016

Drop-in Coltrane Listening Parties:

Free Library of Philadelphia

Parkway Central Branch/Music Department

1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

When Coltrane studied at the Ornstein School of Music, he made heavy use of the recordings and scores in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Music Department. In honor of John Coltrane’s 90th birthday, the Music Department has set up special listening stations, so you and up to 4 friends can listen to our holdings of Coltrane on vinyl and reference CD. Scores will be on hand for the deep dive into Coltrane’s genius.

 

 

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PARTNERS:

PJP, in collaboration with Temple University Libraries, Charles L. Blockson Collection, WRTI, PhillyCAM, PA State Senator Vincent Hughes, Free Library of Philadelphia, Jazz Near You, Tri-State Indie, Boom Room Studios/Worldtown Sound System, City of Philadelphia, Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, The Church of the Advocate, The Piazza At Schmidt's Commons, The Fire, Brewerytown Beats, Cratebeats Entertainment, Strawberry Mansion NAC, Fairmount Park Conservancy, East Fairmount Park Coalition, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Painted Bride Art Center.

 

The Coltrane At 90 Celebration 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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