The John Coltrane Church began in 1965, when Franzo and Marina King attended a performance of the John Coltrane Quartet at San Francisco’s Jazz Workshop and saw a vision of the Holy Ghost as Coltrane took the bandstand. Celebrating the spirituality of the late jazz innovator and his music, the storefront church emerged during the demise of black-owned jazz clubs in San Francisco, and at a time of growing disillusionment with counter-culture spirituality following the 1978 Jonestown tragedy.
For 50 years, the church has effectively fought redevelopment, environmental racism, police brutality, mortgage foreclosures, religious intolerance, gender disparity and the corporatization of jazz. This critical history is the first book-length treatment of an extraordinary African-American church and community institution.
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About the Author
Nicholas Louis Baham III is a professor of ethnic studies at California State University East Bay. He lives in Castro Valley, California.
Table of Contents
1 Apostles of Sound 13
2 The Self-Representation and Spiritual Teachings of John Coltrane the Saint 41
3 Jimbo's Bop City 63
4 The Yardbird Club and the History of African American Jazz Entrepreneurship in San Francisco 77
5 The Dr. Huey P. Newton Experience 105
6 The Yardbird and One Mind Temple and New Church Movements in the 1960s and '70s 115
7 The Alice Coltrane Experience 133
8 The African Orthodox Church 151
9 Anatomy of a Miracle 159
10 The Oscar Grant Movement 169
11 The John Coltrane University of Arts and Social Justice 180
12 The Battle Against Environmental Racism 192
13 The Ordination of Pastor Wanika Kristi King-Stephens 210
14 The Apostles of Sound Occupy SF 232
15 Answering the Prophetic Call 243
Chapter Notes 249