The John Coltrane Memorial Concert celebrates the musical genius and spiritual legacy of John William Coltrane, one of the 20th century’s greatest musicians. Since its beginning at the Friends of Great Black Music Loft in 1977, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert has become an annual event that has continually evolved through the decades, garnering increasing support and respect from the Boston and Cambridge communities.

In 1986—through the efforts of co-founder Leonard Brown—the concert moved to Northeastern University, where it has remained for the past three decades. The photographs in this exhibition not only demonstrate the involvement of famous performers, but also highlight the thematic variety of shows throughout the history of this unique tribute to the magnitude and majesty of Coltrane’s sound.

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