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Coltrane's sax joins Smithsonian jazz collection

Wednesday - 3/26/2014, 5:01pm  ET

This undated handout photo provided by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History shows John Coltrane’s Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone, one of three principal saxophones Coltrane played. One of Coltrane's tenor saxophones is joining the jazz collection at the Smithsonian. Coltrane's son, Ravi Coltrane, will donate one of his father's three principal tenor saxophones to the National Museum of American History on Wednesday. The donation marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's masterpiece composition "A Love Supreme." (AP Photo/Hugh Talman, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of John Coltrane's tenor saxophones is joining the jazz collection at the Smithsonian.

Coltrane's son, musician Ravi Coltrane, donated one of his father's three principal tenor saxophones to the National Museum of American History on Wednesday. It's a Selmer Mark VI tenor sax made in Paris about 1965.

The donation marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's masterpiece composition "A Love Supreme."

Jazz photographer Chuck Stewart also donated some rare and never displayed photographs from the recording session for "A Love Supreme." The images come from long-forgotten negatives of photographs taken in 1964. Stewart is known for his images of jazz culture and notable musicians.

The manuscript for "A Love Supreme" is going on display in the museum's "American Stories" exhibit through June 17. It's considered one of the great jazz compositions of all time. Coltrane's saxophone will be placed on display starting in June.


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