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John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble: 40 Years of Celebrating ‘Trane

John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble: 40 Years of Celebrating ‘Trane

Blackman Auditorium
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

20-piece ensemble directed by Carl Atkins. Joining Atkins on reeds and woodwinds will be Leonard Brown, Stan Strickland, Bill Thompson and Robert Tynes. Trumpets will feature Robert Gallegos, Charles Lewis, Doug Olsen and Mike Peipman. Jeff Galindo, Bill Lowe, Rick Stepton and Gary Valente will be featured on trombone and tube, along with Yoron ISrael and Ron Savage on drums. Rollins Ross, George W. Russel, Jr., Frank Wilkins are the keyboardists, and John Lockwood and Ron Mahdi are the bassists.

Hosted by José Massóof “Con Salsa!” on WBUR.


Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium is conveniently located right off of the MBTA Green Line (Northeastern University stop) and within a short walk of the Orange Line (Ruggles stop).

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert (FJCMC), Northeastern Center for the Arts and Northeastern’s Department of City and Community Affairs, with support from the Northeastern Music Department, Office of the Provost, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Office of the Dean College of Arts, Media and Design, Office of the Dean College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Music Department, Cultures, Societies and Global Studies Department.


The 40th anniversary week commences on October 1st, 4PM with a return one time only showing of the highly acclaimed 2016 documentary film “Chasing Trane”,  at Coolidge Corner Theatre followed by a panel discussion moderated by Emmett G. Price III with Tia Fuller, Eric Jackson and JCMC co-founder Syd Smart.

The week will then continue with several free and insightful ‘Trane-oriented presentations, Chasing More ‘Trane and Insider Reflections on the JCMC Legacy, along with a retrospective photo exhibit entitled 40 Years of Celebrating ‘Trane, curated by Edmund Barry Gaither.

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Tickets for reserved seating: $30-$50 (plus $3/tix service charge).
Package deal available to attend both Oct. 6 & 7 concerts.
Visit the Northeastern Box office website for tickets.  or call (617) 373-4700

Please note: In the interest of safety and security for our community, events in Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium are now subject to security/bag checks for all attendees. The following items are prohibited from being brought into Blackman Auditorium:

  • Dangerous weapons*
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Backpacks or bags larger than 12”x12” (purses or baby bags of acceptable size may be allowed after being searched.)
  • Laser pointers
  • Drones
  • Artificial noise makers or bullhorns
  • Balloons or banners/signs (unless previously approved)
  • Outside food or beverage
  • Strollers