HAMLET, N.C. — On the 89th anniversary of legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane’s birth, organizers were working to spread the word about the music festival that will be held in his honor next month.
The seventh annual John W. Coltrane Music Edu-tainment festival is planned from noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Wayman Chapel Faith Center, 1935 Ghio Osborne Road, Hamlet. Headlining the event are “Jamaica Funk” trumpeter Tom Browne, 11-year-old singing sensation Jabari Samolu, third-generation singer Sheldon Rogers and musicians Cynthia Campbell and Tracy Hughes.
Coltrane was born Sept. 23, 1926 to John R. and Alice Blair Coltrane on the second floor of what used to be a two-story hotel in the Richmond County town of Hamlet.
Coltrane, who died on July 17, 1967, made an indelible mark on the music world in his 40-year lifetime. He posthumously received a Grammy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Industry Association of America.
“The good folk in this region simply need to be reminded about the rich pedigree in this area,” festival founder Gerard A. Morrison said in a statement. “Sermons and lectures are all good, but knowledge of the ‘rural royalty’ who are paragons of their practice will further motivate others with their examples and actions.”
The theme of this year’s festival, “polishing the diamonds in our own backyard,” focuses on cultivating regional leadership and talent in North and South Carolina.
Morrison mentioned jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, who hails from Cheraw, and the upcoming South Carolina Jazz Festival as tie-ins with the Coltrane festival, which takes place two weeks before Cheraw’s jazz fest.
The Sandhills and Pee Dee regions also produced such luminaries as former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, former North Carolina governor and U.S. Sen. Terry Sanford and civil rights attorney Julius Chambers.
Doors will open at noon Oct. 3 and the first 70 people in attendance will receive discounted admission of $5. A general admission price has not been announced.
For more information, call Morrison at 347-286-8742, visit www.jcmef.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.