It's Jazz Appreciation Month!
Published on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:20am
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s seminal album, A Love Supreme. In December of 1964, saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison recorded the album that would become a mark of Coltrane’s spiritual musical expression and listened to for generations to come. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has received two incredible gifts to mark the occasion: 25 photographs of the recording session for “A Love Supreme” by photographer Chuck Stewart, and John Coltrane’s Mark VI tenor saxophone donated by his son, Ravi Coltrane.
Check out these great titles to revisit Coltrane's legacy, available in Room 207 of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library:
Coltrane on Coltrane: the John Coltrane Interviews
edited by Chris DeVito
John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music
edited by Leonard L. Brown
Did you know you can stream and download John Coltrane's music through dclibrary.org? Check out our new digital music service, Freegal and hear John Coltrane's A Love Supreme Live in Concert! Simply log in with your library card and pin number.