HIGH POINT — Several High Point organizations are ramping up efforts to create John Coltrane-themed events in celebration of the 10th John Coltrane Jazz and Blues Festival over Labor Day weekend.
The events are designed to extend the Coltrane experience beyond the festival itself, said Nancy Bowman, Visit High Point director of sales and marketing. The festival will be held Sept. 4-5 at Oak Hollow Festival Park.
“With this being a monumental year for the Coltrane Festival, it was important to showcase Coltrane and his ties, not only to music but to High Point, where he discovered his love for jazz and his musical talent,” Bowman said.
Visit High Point and the High Point Museum have worked with Visit North Carolina to bring the exhibit “A Love Supreme: The Jazz of John Coltrane through the Eyes of Chuck Stewart” to the High Point Museum. Curated by the Grammy Museum, the exhibit complements the High Point Museum’s collection of artifacts from Coltrane’s life, High Point Museum Director Edith Brady said.
The exhibit will open with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 3. Special exhibit hours during the Labor Day Weekend are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 and 1-4:30 p.m. Sept. 5.
After the festival, the exhibit will be open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Dec. 4.
At Gallery on Main HP, a photographic exhibit Aug. 28-Oct. 5 will highlight the history of the Coltrane Festival and also feature artist Rhonda “Rhen” Neal’s Coltrane collection. Gallery hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Coltrane’s childhood home at 118 Underhill St. will be open for tours 3-5 p.m. Sept. 3 and 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 4.
Visitors are welcome year-round at the 8-foot bronzed Coltrane statue and marker at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street, and his high school, William Penn, now Penn-Griffin School for the Arts, at 825 E. Washington St.
Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Chris Botti will headline the opening day of the festival. Kurt Elling, winner of the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, will be the featured performer on Sept. 5. A complete list of artists can be found at coltranejazzfest.com.
For more information on all Coltrane-related events in High Point, visit https://visithighpoint.com/celebrate-coltrane.