03/26/14

Coltrane Saxophone Added to Smithsonian Jazz Collection

Manuscript for “A Love Supreme” is also donated

A tenor saxophone owned by John Coltrane has been added to the Smithsonian Jazz Collection. According to a news report from the Associated Press, Ravi Coltrane, the son of John and also a prominent jazz saxophonist, “donated one of his father’s three principal tenor saxophones to the National Museum of American History” today. The donation, according to the article, marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's composition “A Love Supreme.”

In addition, according to the unattributed piece, “The museum says jazz photographer Chuck Stewart also is donating some rare and never displayed photographs from the recording session for ‘A Love Supreme,’” from 1964. The manuscript for “A Love Supreme” will be displayed in the museum's “American Stories” exhibit through June 17.

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Roy Thompson

John Coltrane [photo credit: Roy Thompson]

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