It's Jazz Appreciation Month!

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It's Jazz Appreciation Month!

50th Anniversary of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"

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.

Coltrane Jazz Appreciation Month Display Room 207Check out these great titles to revisit Coltrane's legacy, available in Room 207 of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library:


A Love Supreme: the Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album
by Ashley Kahn

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 

Want to play the Tenor Sax just like Coltrane himself? Check out our sheet music collection! John Coltrane plays Giant Steps for Tenor Saxophone, transcriptions and analysis by David Dempsey.

Did you know you can stream and download John Coltrane's music through 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.