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Leonard Brown
John Coltrane Memorial Concert: On July 17, 1977, exactly 10 years after John Coltrane's death, a concert in his memory took place at the Friends of Great Black Music Loft in Boston. "There was no intent when we started for it to be an annual event," says Leonard Brown (pictured), saxophonist, composer, and music professor at Northeastern University. But the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, or JCMC, took on a life of its own, and three decades later, Boston is home to what may be the world's longest-running annual tribute to the man's legacy. To mark its 30th anniversary, this year's tribute will be officially proclaimed JCMC Week by the mayors of Boston and Cambridge. Sept. 16-22. For more information, go to


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