The event takes place on Sunday April 1 and will include speakers, performance from noted jazz musicians and vocalist, tap dancers and spoken word artists.
The program will begin at 5pm with performances from the Coltrane Church Ensemble and The Voices of Compassion featuring the vocal talents of legendary jazz singer Ann Mack, renowned saxophonist Azar Lawrence, celebrated jazz drummer E. W. Wainwright, spoken word artist Marlee-I Mystic, and tap dance percussionists Toes Tiranoff and Megan Haungs. The event takes place at Rasselas Jazz & Supper Club, 1534 Fillmore Street in San Francisco. $20 donation for the event. Get you tickets in advance at www.coltranechurch.org click on donation and make your purchase, print and bring proof of purchase.
The Saint John African Orthodox Church has been a force for good in the community for the past 43 years. Founders Archbishop Franzo Wayne King and Reverend Mother Marina King began their work in 1971 under the name of “One Mind Temple Evolutionary Transitional Body of Christ.” The inspiration came after the young couple had seen John Coltrane perform live in San Francisco in the year 1965. Being raised in the Pentecostal Church, Franzo King knew the presence of the Lord, and experienced this presence in the sound of John Coltrane. Archbishop King refers to this as a “sound baptism” which touched their hearts and minds. In 1982, the church was incorporated into the African Orthodox Church, which was founded in 1921, a time when people of color who were excluded from advancement in the Episcopal church Its founder, George Alexander McGuire, sought to draw a wider circle that includes all people in the quest for ecclesiastical and spiritual freedom. The Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church is located at 1286 Fillmore Street, between Turk and Eddy, in San Francisco. Visitors from throughout the world attend the weekly Coltrane Liturgy, celebrated every Sunday from noon to 2pm. All are welcome.