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 The museum also houses 100,000 pages of Duke Ellington’s unpublished music.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: a new WordPress release is available and chock-full of goodies to delight bloggers and developers alike. We’re calling this one “Elvin” in honor of drummer Elvin Jones, who played with John Coltrane in addition to many others.
If you’ve been around WordPress a while, the most dramatic new change you’ll notice is a completely re-imagined flow for uploading photos and creating galleries. Media has long been a friction point and we’ve listened hard and given a lot of thought into crafting this new system. 3.5 includes a new default theme, Twenty Twelve, which has a very clean mobile-first responsive design and works fantastic as a base for a CMS site. Finally we’ve spent a lot of time refreshing the styles of the dashboard, updating everything to be Retina-ready with beautiful high resolution graphics, a new color picker, and streamlining a couple of fewer-used sections of the admin.