Inaugural John Coltrane Jazz Festival Comes To Harlem As Part Of NY State Senator Cordelle Cleare’s Celebration

September 22, 2022

On Saturday, September 24, 2022, the Inaugural John Coltrane Jazz Festival kicks off at 1 pm until 7:00 pm EST at Marcus Garvey Park | Richard Rodgers Amphitheatre, in Harlem, NY.

The 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 1:30 pm. Enter at 5th Avenue at West 124th Street in Harlem.

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.

The program is subject to change.

The JOHN COLTRANE FESTIVAL will be live streamed.

The links below go live on September 24th, 2022, 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 celebrating Dr. Billy Taylor’s 100th Anniversary from July 2021–July 2022.

To learn more, visit

Photo credit: Blue, John Coltrane, Wikipedia.

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