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Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert (fJCMC)

Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert (fJCMC)

John Coltrane Memorial Concert, the world’s oldest performance tribute to the musical & spiritual legacy of John Coltrane, who inspired many, no matter the community or culture, to achieve musical, spiritual, and humanitarian heights never thought possible. The gathering is presented by the Boston-based Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Inc. (fJCMC), originally established as John Coltrane Memorial Concert in 1977 and incorporated in 2012. Producers of the concert are Leonard Brown and Emmett G. Price III.

The first concert was performed in Boston on the Sunday evening of the 10th year anniversary of Coltrane’s death, July 17, 1977, in the Friends of Great Black Music Loft, a performance space for creative arts established by master percussionist Syd Smart. The concert developed through the collective efforts of Syd Smart, bassist Hayes Burnet, and saxophonist Leonard Brown.

These musicians believed that:
–African American musicians should exert leadership in perpetuating, expanding, enhancing and defining the musical traditions of African American people.
–John Coltrane was one of the most remarkable musicians in history and worthy of a memorial tribute.
–The community of both listeners and musicians has a continued deep and abiding interest in and love for Coltrane’s music.

They organized a concert honoring Coltrane that featured exciting, beautiful and moving renditions of his musical compositions. The attendance and response was so overwhelming that a decisio

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