“Coltrane (still) draws a crowd … With 14 impeccably improvisational musicians leading the liturgy and several Boston jazz fixtures beatified throughout the course of the night, this year’s Coltrane tribute was like a Sunday morning service on Saturday night.”
James Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 2011 Read it here.
“High Five: José Massó: What Counts in Music Today”
Sarah Rodman, The Boston Globe, 2011 Read it here.
“John Coltrane Memorial Concert: an Exciting Night of Music with World Class Musicians”
El Mundo, 2011 Read it here.
"Fall in New England means it's time for the John Coltrane Memorial
Concert, an annual event that features some of the world-class musicians
that call Boston home. It makes for an exciting night of music, a New
England cultural event not to be missed."
Eric Jackson, Host of "Eric in the Evening", WGBH, 2006
"He (co-founder Leonard Brown) and the other gentlemen who do the
concert with him, they're educators as well as musicians. They're
dedicated to young people, who would not have known anything about
John without them."
Mary Alexander, Founder of the John W. Coltrane Cultural Society, Philadelphia, 2005
"When musicians honor Coltrane, technical skills are not enough.
Coltrane's peaceful nature and striving towards the divine must also
enter the room...But Boston's John Coltrane Memorial Concert has
proved up to the task"
Siddhartha Mitter, The Boston Globe, 2005
"The yearly John Coltrane Memorial Concert is one of the city's
treasures, as much for the justice it does to the late saxophone legend as
for the original and distinct approach it takes to each performance"
Bob Young, The Boston Herald, 2003
"The producers of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert found the perfect way to honor the legendary saxophonist"
Bob Young, The Boston Herald, 1994
"Like the Coltrane himself, the music was wonderful, and the concert captured many aspects of his rich legacy"
Ed Hazell, The Boston Phoenix, 1990
"Over the years, the musicians responsible for
the Coltrane Memorial presentations have
developed a refined logistical sense for
presenting Coltrane's music."
Bob Blumenthal, The Boston Globe, 1985
"John Coltrane lives, indeed."
Ernie Santosuosso, Boston Globe, 1979