John Coltrane To Be Honored With Long-Term Exhibit In Grammy Museum
The Grammy Museum will host a long-term exhibit dedicated to the legacy of jazz musician John Coltrane.
Titled Chasing Trane: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey Transcended, the exhibit will chronicle the iconic saxophonist and composer’s career with rare performance footage and audio recordings, handwritten manuscripts, instruments, and more.
“John Coltrane is a towering figure in the history of music. We are thrilled to honor his creative legacy in conjunction with John Scheinfeld’s superb documentary,” Grammy Museum executive director Scott Goldman said according to a report from Billboard.
“We are excited to share the story of John Coltrane’s remarkable career, specifically the years 1965 to 1967,” Grammy Museum curator Nwaka Onwusa added. “As Coltrane’s career progressed during these final years, his music took on an increasingly revolutionary dimension. This exhibit will highlight that special time in his life.”
The exhibit will open November 17 and be on display through September 2018 in the Museum’s Mike Curb Gallery on the fourth floor. The display coincides with the home video and soundtrack release of Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, which explores Coltrane’s artistry and life up until his death in 1967.
A month ago a new mural dedicated to Coltrane in Philadelphia was put up after a 12-year-old mural of the A Love Supreme artist was taken down in 2014. The original mural was made in 2002 by artist John Lewis but was taken down 12 years later to make way for real estate development.
“When the mural went away, there were people who reached out to me, scholars from Los Angeles, Chicago. There was a universal outcry,” Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden said in an interview with WRTI. So Golden partnered with the developer to raise funds for a new mural, with artist Ernel Martinez building on some of the images that were a part of the original mural while making Coltrane a giant looming above the neighborhood with saxophone in hand. The mural also includes images of Coltrane performing, as well as him and wife Alice Coltrane.