St. John Coltrane Jubilee 50: A Night Called Freedom, St. Cyprian’s, San Francisco

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:00 pm

SAINT JOHN COLTRANE Global Spiritual Community celebrates its 50th anniversary presenting the first in a year-long series of events.

On Tuesday, February 19, we cordially invite you to a very special performance of John Coltrane's Civil Rights Era composition, "Alabama," in commemoration of the four girls in Birmingham who passed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. Composed to the cadence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s eulogy for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robinson, and Cynthia Wesley, Coltrane's lament to the state of Alabama during the watershed years of the freedom movement is an acknowledged standard in the freedom music canon.

"It is most important in our struggle for spiritual purity and intellectual clarity that we understand the connection and the oneness and unity of the messages of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Coltrane," says Archbishop Franzo W. King, co-founder of the Coltrane Church.

Joining the Coltrane Church Ensemble for this extraordinary evening of words and music will be saxophonist Richard Howell, guitarist Pascal Bokar, vocalist Ann Mack and other special guests. Dr. King's words will be re-enacted by Robert Fisher and Dr. Gene Mabry; the Keynote Speaker for the event is Dr. Nicholas Baham III, author of The Coltrane Church: Apostles of Sound, Agents of Social Justice.

“St. John Coltrane's "Alabama" is a crucial link in the chain of human responses to violence so senseless, it remains to this day one of the cruelest and most unthinkable acts of inhumanity," says Rev. Wanika K. Stephens of the Coltrane Church. “The bombing of the church gave wings to the Civil Rights Movement, calling a nation to rally for Justice Now."

This special event is the official kick-off of a year of celebration and fundraising in the name of the founding of the Coltrane Church in San Francisco in 1969 by Archbishop Franzo King and Rev. Mother Marina King. The church evolved from humble origins as the Yardbird Temple, to become a freestanding church in the African Orthodox tradition with a canonized saint in John Coltrane and a commitment to racial, social and economic justice.

"Whenever there is something in life that we see could be better, we ought to try to make it better," said St. John Coltrane.

When: Tuesday, February 19, Doors 6PM / Program 7PM
Suggested Donation: $25 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Tickets: Click here


St. Cyprian’s
2097 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.567.1855