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John Coltrane Memorial Concert

Background information on the annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert (JCMC):

The first John Coltrane Memorial Concert (JCMC) was performed in Boston, MA on July 17, 1977, in the Friends of Great Black Music Loft, a performance space for creative arts established by master percussionist Syd Smart. The annual concert then developed through the collective efforts of Syd Smart, bassist Hayes Burnet, and saxophonist Leonard Brown. In 1986, the JCMC moved to Northeastern University, which has served as its home for over two decades, providing a stability that has been essential to the continuation and growth of this unique and important cultural event.

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