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Coltrane’s Sax Joins Smithsonian Jazz Collection

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A tenor saxophone owned by John Coltrane (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A tenor saxophone owned by John Coltrane (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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UPDATED: March 26, 2014 5:37 p.m.

WASHINGTON — 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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