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John Coltrane Memorial Concert

Fans of the late John Coltrane will be pleased to see a familiar face at the revolutionary saxophonist’s memorial concert this September.

Tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders (pictured), a regular collaborator of Coltrane’s from 1964 until the time of his death, will be the special guest at 26th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert. The concert, now having spanned four decades, will be the featured event for the 3rd Annual Equinox Music Festival in Boston this September 17 to September 28.

Sanders’ performance will take place at the Blackman Auditorium in Boston on September 20. The performance begins at 8 p.m., and tickets priced at $25. Performing with Sanders will be percussionist Syd Smart and saxophonist Leonard Brown, who founded the Memorial Concert back in 1977. The musicians hoped to honor Coltrane by performing “exciting, beautiful, and moving renditions of his musical compositions.”

While a highlight, the Coltrane concert is not the only thing going down at the Equinox festival. The festival also marks the return of pianist Cecil Taylor, performing in Boston for the first time in 10 years.

Here’s an itinerary for the Equinox Festival:

Wednesday Sept. 17 – Forum Discussion on the Sacred Music of John Coltrane, with Dr. Leonard Brown and Eric Jackson (Raytheon Room, Northeastern University)

Wednesday Sept 17 – Dr. Art Davis – Odean Pope Duet (Berklee Performance Center) with opening act Tatu (Leonard Brown, Bill Lowe and Syd Smart)

Thursday Sept 18 – The 2003 Equinox All Stars, with artist-in-residence Keith Copeland, Herb Pomeroy, Al Vega, Andy McGhee and Thomas Hebb (Sorenson Center of the Arts, Babson College)

Friday Sept 19 – The Matthias Lupri Group with Greg Osby (Sorenson Center of the Arts, Babson College)

Saturday Sept 20 – The 26th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, featuring special guest Pharoah Sanders and artist-in-residence Keith Copeland, hosted by the Center for the Arts, Northeastern University

Sunday Sept 21 – The 26th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, featuring special guest Pharoah Sanders and artist-in-residence Keith Copeland (Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA)

Tuesday Sept. 23rd – “A Love Supreme – Happy Birthday John Coltrane,” presented by the Cambridge Multi-Cultural Arts Center and Equinox Educational Outreach Program, with Leonard Brown, Bill Lowe and special guest Emmett Price

Wednesday Sept 24 – Cecil Taylor and the Sound Vision Orchestra (Somerville Theatre)

Thursday Sept 25 – Omar Sosa Octet (Somerville Theatre)

Friday Sept 26 – Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra with special guest Steve Lacy (Berklee Performance Center)

Saturday Sept 27 – Café Teatro Especial with Manny Oquendo y Libre, with Music Director, Andy Gonzalez Presented by the Iquilinos Boricuas en Accion (Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center)

Sunday Sept 28th – The Outdoor Finale on Boston City Hall Plaza, featuring Taylor Ho Bynum’s SpiderMonkey Strings, Ron Reid’s SunSteel, Charlie Kohlhase’s CK5, Hiromi, Mystiq and the Gund Kwok Asian Woman’s Lion Dance Troupe.

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