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Coltrane at 90: A week long celebration for John Coltrane in Philadelphia


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The Philadelphia Jazz Project is excited to announce a week long series: Celebrating Coltrane at 90!
Philadelphia Jazz Project in collaboration with Temple University Libraries, WRTI, PhillyCAM, Jazz Near You and other partners will celebrate John Coltrane's 90th Birthday with nine days of FREE events. These events will take place between September 17th to 25th, 2016.

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 birthday next month. September 23rd, 2016. He would have been 90 years old.

His name was John William Coltrane.

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


  • A 6 hour saxophone marathon presenting national, regional & local saxophonists;
  • An outdoor “walk" with 3 stages of live music;
  • A Jam Supreme with a Jazz-meets-House/Techno interpretation of Coltrane classics;
  • An Afro-Cuban influenced interpretation of Coltrane's Kulu Se Mama;
  • A special Equinox concert on very night of the Equinox.
Participating Venues and Artists

Participating venues will include: East Park Reservoir/Fairmount Park, New Barber’s Hall, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Branch, Conwell Dance Theater & The Bell Tower- Temple University, Ritz Theater, Church of the Advocate, The Fire, The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, and more.

Participating artists will include: Azar Lawrence, Terry Lawson, Douglas Ewart, WorldTown Sound System, Alan Nelson, James Brandon Lewis, Umar Raheem, Chris Stevens, Korey Riker, Josh Lee, Tim Price, Michael Pedicin, Suzanne Burgess, Paul Jost, Sam Reed, Pete Chavez, Jeff Johnson, Lucky Thompson, Karen Smith, Chris Oatts, Lauren Lark Jones, Michael Andrews, Victor North, Nasir Dickerson and many more.

About Philadelphia Jazz Project

Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP) works to support, promote, archive and celebrate the diverse elements within the Philadelphia jazz community, with the larger goal of connecting to the global community. Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the Culture Trust Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation.

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