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John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" : the 50th Anniversary w/ JCMC Ensemble feat. Donald Harrison
John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," the 50th Anniversary. The 37th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, w/ the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble and guest artist Donald Harrison; hosted by Eric Jackson. Saturday October 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm.
By: Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert (fJCMC)
The suite,including a recitation of Coltrane’s prayer given by Eric Jackson of WGBH radio, will be performed in its entirety by the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble, comprised of Boston-based master musicians Carl Atkins (sax), Leonard Brown (sax), Jeff Galindo (trombone),Yoron Israel (drums),Ron Mahdi (bass), John Ramsay (drums), and George W. Russell, Jr.(piano).The Ensemble will be joined by special guest New Orleans' saxophonist Donald Harrison, hailedas the "King of Nouveau Swing" who is also deeply rooted in the Black Mardi Gras Indian tradition, a tradition that stems back a few centuries to New Orleans' Congo Square, where uprooted 18th and 19th century Africans could gather and openly celebrate their culture.
Further background information on the participants:
Donald Harrison is a New Orleans saxophonist, composer, arranger, principal consultant for the "Treme" series on HBO, and a Big Chief of the Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group. "Harrison reigns supreme in both of these worlds ... 'They inform each other,' says Harrison, who adds that the feeling he gets when he steps out onto streets in his beautiful feathered and beaded suit on Carnival Day is comparable to when he blows his horn ... 'It’s a metamorphosis into a transcendental state,' he explains of masking and being involved in the culture. 'It’s the same thing when you’re playing jazz — it’s transcendental;
The John Coltrane Memorial Concert is co-produced by Leonard Brown, Associate Professor of Music & African American Studies at Northeastern University, and Emmett G. Price III, Associate Professor of Music and former chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northeastern. "A richly deserved standing ovation capped another successful John Coltrane Memorial Concert, with everyone present already impatiently awaiting next year’s edition." (The ArtsFuse, 2012)