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John Coltrane Memorial Concert: "35th Annual" featuring Terri Lyne Carrington -- November 3, 2012

The 35th anniversary of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert (JCMC) features 2012 Grammy-Award winning master drummer, composer, arranger, record producer and entrepreneur Terri Lyne Carrington. In JCMC tradition, WGBH’s Eric Jackson presides over this year...

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About Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert (FJCMC)


The Boston-based Friends of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Inc. (FJCMC), originally established as the John Coltrane Memorial Concert in 1977 and recently incorporated in 2012, is the world's oldest annual performance tribute to the musical and spiritual legacy of the great master.

John Coltrane inspired many, no matter the community or culture, to achieve musical, spiritual, and humanitarian heights never thought possible.

The first John Coltrane Memorial Concert was performed in Boston on Sunday evening of the 10th year anniversary of Coltrane’s death, July 17, 1977, in the Friends of Great Black Music Loft, a performance space for creative arts established by master percussionist Syd Smart. The concert developed through the collective efforts of Syd Smart, bassist Hayes Burnet, and saxophonist Leonard Brown.

They organized a concert honoring Coltrane that featured exciting, beautiful and moving renditions of his musical compositions. The attendance and response was so overwhelming that a decision was made to hold the concert annually. Since then, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert (JCMC) has gradually developed into a Boston tradition featuring many outstanding musicians.

In 1986, the JCMC came to Northeastern University, where it has been in residence over the past 26 years, providing the greater Boston and Cambridge communities with outstanding and memorable musical experiences. The Friends of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert (FJCMC) was incorporated as a separate entity in 2012. The annual concert is co-produced by FJCMC co-directors Leonard Brown and Emmett G. Price III.

The annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert has a tradition of presenting world class musicians and creative artists. The list includes Kamau Adilifu, Ahmad Alaadeen, De Ama Battle and the Art of Black Dance and Music, Amiri Baraka, Bill Barron, Gary Bartz, Edith and Alvin Batiste, Brother Blue, Cecil Bridgewater, Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Carlos Cordova, Alan Dawson, Santi Debriano, Bill Dixon, Frank Foster, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Michael Harper, Nat Hentoff, Giovanni Hildago, Manenque Hildago, Yusef Lateef, Cecil McBee, Andy McGhee, Mulgrew Miller, Nancy Ostrovsky, Danilo Perez, Ralph Peterson, George Russell, Phaorah Sanders, Shirley Scott, Cecilia Smith, and McCoy Tyner.

*FJCMC will celebrate its 35th annual recognition of Coltrane's musical and spiritual legacy on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7:30pm in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The concert, which will be hosted by renown radio personality Eric Jackson, will feature 2012 Grammy-Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington, and will honor Boston icons Steve Schwartz and Andy McGhee.

For more information, please visit, or call 617.671.0789.

Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert (FJCMC) joined the JazzTimes community on Sep 24, 2012