At a "listening party" tonight at the Herbst Theatre, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and saxophonists Joshua Redman and Miguel Zen‹n will play and discuss Coltrane albums. The evening also includes a rare screening of footage of the John Coltrane Quartet.
The 40th anniversary of Coltrane's masterpiece, A Love Supreme, will be celebrated with a concert by the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Ravi Coltrane, the saxophonist's son, at the Nob Hill Masonic Center.
Other events include the SF JAZZ Collective performing new arrangements of classic Coltrane works; Orkestrova (which includes the Rova Saxophone Quartet, Nels Cline, Fred Fristh, Ikue Mori, and others) performing Ascension in honor of that work's 40th anniversary; and a night of tunes from the album Crescent, featuring pianist McCoy Tyner (who played in the John Coltrane Quartet), saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Brian Blade playing together as a quartet.
Events run through June, throughout SF JAZZ's spring season.