Smithsonian Receives John Coltrane Saxophone to Kick Off Jazz Appreciation Month
John Coltrane’s Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone, made in Paris about 1965, the year “A Love Supreme” was released, will join the Smithsonian’s jazz collection. The saxophone was one of three principal saxophones that Coltrane that (1926-1967) played and will be on view in the “American Stories” exhibition at the Smithsonian starting June 17. The museum will also be displaying Coltrane’s original score of his masterpiece. The Smithsonian’s jazz collection includes such treasures as Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and Herbie Hancock’s cordless keyboard, currently on display. The museum also houses 100,000 pages of Duke Ellington’s unpublished music.