Menu Close Donate
Second Annual John Coltrane Symposium

John Coltrane’s 95th Birthday Celebration

Thursday, September 23 5:00– 7:00PM

On the second day of the Second Annual John Coltrane Symposium, we will celebrate John Coltrane’s birthday under the stars at the reservoir of The Discovery Center in Fairmount Park, with a musical procession, and performances by trombonist Brent White and pianist Farid Barron.

On the occasion of his 95th birthday we will celebrate John Coltrane’s enduring legacy in the city of Philadelphia and begin our evening’s program with an intergenerational musical march, led by trombonist Brent White and Africa Brass Ensemble, along the short distance from Coltrane’s Philadelphia home on 33rd Street to The Discovery Center in Fairmount Park. It was in this park that drummer Rashied Ali recalled attentively listening to Trane’s intense daily practices.

The evening will continue with a brief discussion by musician and composer Matt Lavelle on the astrology of Coltrane’s birth as well a discussion of astronomy and stargazing at the reservoir of The Discovery Center. The celebration will conclude with a performance of some of John Coltrane’s seminal compositions including Equinox and Africa/Brass led by trombonist Brent White and pianist Farid Barron, accompanied by Daud Elbakara (trumpet), Fareed Simpson Hankins (trumpet); Nasir Dickerson (tenor saxophone, sousaphone); Richard Hill (bass) and Wayne Smith Jr. (percussion).

Complete program schedule and information coming soon.

Cover: John Coltrane arrives at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, NL, October 26, 1963. Photo by Hugo van Gelderen / ANEFO (Wikipedia)
Thursday, September 23 5:00– 7:00PM


  • Performance
  • Talks

Program Info

Free with RSVP
All Ages

Pre-registration with advance RSVP required.

This program is at capacity and tickets are no longer available.


An evening of John Coltrane’s music led by Brent White and Farid Barron

  • Daud Elbakara – trumpet
  • Fareed Simpson Hankins – trumpet
  • Brent White – trombone
  • Nasir Dickerson – tenor sax, sousaphone
  • Farid Barron – piano
  • Richard Hill – bass
  • Wayne Smith Jr. – drums


The Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Drive
Philadelphia, PA

Health & Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend this program and masks must be worn at all times while indoors.

Ars Nova Workshop cares about the health and safety of our artists, audience, and staff. Please consult our health and safety protocols before attending this program.

The Discovery Center

Opened in 2018 as an educational center for environmental conservation and leadership development located at the site of a 19th-century Fairmount Park reservoir, The Discovery Center protects a unique habitat rarely found in a major urban area and provides education and adventure programs that inspire self-discovery, foster personal achievement, and build community across Philadelphia.


The Discovery Center is following the latest guidance provided by the City of Philadelphia for controlling the spread of COVID-19. Effective August 12, 2021, masks are required for indoor events and large outdoor gatherings.

  • Fundraiser
  • Performance
  • Talks

Second Annual John Coltrane Symposium

The John Coltrane Symposium in collaboration with Ars Nova Workshop is proud to announce its second annual celebration of the life and music of John William Coltrane, curated by Anyabwile Love. This year's celebration will be held at The Woodlands in West Philadelphia, with additional events at The Discovery Center in Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia.