The 1st Annual John Coltrane Jazz Festival (FREE) | Sept. 24th, 2022


NEA Jazz Master Reggie Workman, Patience Higgins,
Bill Saxton, T.K. Blue and Tap Master Omar Edwards
Among the Day-long Festival’s Headliners

HARLEM, NY , September 17, 2022 – On Saturday, September 24, 2022, 1:00pm – 7:00 pm at Marcus Garvey Park | Richard Rodgers Amphitheatre, in Harlem, iconic saxophone players Bill Saxton, Alvin Flythe, Todd Herbert, Sweet Lee Odom, Patience Higgins, TK Blue and John S. Mannan join three rhythm sections to play the music of John Coltrane from the Miles Davis/Monk Era thru the Impulse Record years of Trane’s performances. Doors Open at 1:00 pm performances begin with The Reggie Workman Group at 1:30pm. Enter at 5th Ave @ W. 124th Street.

John Coltrane’s contribution to the African-American experience and to American and World Music will be fully explored and lightly seasoned by the “trip, tap and toe” dancing of Tap Master, Omar Edwards.

Jazz Appreciation Day is a part of New York State Senator Cordelle Cleare’s efforts to nurture and sustain the beginnings of a positive new cultural renaissance in Harlem and beyond that promotes community dignity and distinction.

The all-day free festival is hosted by State Senator Cordelle Cleare, produced in partnership with the New York Jazz Society, Inc., Harlem Late Night Jazz, Inc., Jazzmobile, Inc., Harlem Music Festival and with additional support from Sponsors the West Harlem Development Corporation, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, New Heritage Theater, Jazz Foundation of America, The Porch (restaurant and music venue), Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Harlem Arts Alliance and the law firm of Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman.

The other headliners include Jaime Affoumado, Drums; Paul Austerlitz, Bass Clarinet; Omri Bar-Giora, Guitar; Joy Brown, Vocals; Richard Clements, Piano; Denton Darien, Piano; Gary Fischer, Piano; Camille Gainer, Drums; Lori Hartman, Vocals; Todd Herbert, Tenor Saxophone; Yayoi Ikawa, Piano; Carl Jackson, Bass; Jason Marshall, Saxophone; Norbert Marius, Bass; Tarik Shah, Bass; Darrel Smith, Drums; and Sista Zock, Spoken Word.

Program is subject to change.

The JOHN COLTRANE FESTIVAL will be live streamed in part – Click here on 9/24 at 1:00 PM

Jazzmobile is the oldest not-for-profit arts organization created just for jazz in the country. Founded in 1964 by NEA Jazz Master Dr. Billy Taylor, arts philanthropist Daphne Arnstein and with program development by NEA Jazz Master, Jimmy Heath, its mission is to present, preserve, promote and propagate jazz through quality music education and performance programs: workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, as well as out-of-doors mobile jazz performances and in clubs and special concerts in major concert halls. The annual SUMMERFEST free mobile concert series is New York’s longest running continuous jazz festival! This year we are celebrated Dr. Billy Taylor’s 100th Anniversary July 2021–July 2022. To learn more, visit

John Coltrane Drawing by David Lloyd Glover

Carolyn McClair Public Relations

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