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Official document drafted by the California State Legislature

being a "Resolution relating to memorializing John Coltrane".

Published: [Sacramento:] California State Legislature, 28 July 1967

Stock code: 108781

Price: £1,500

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A quite remarkable document issued by the California State Legislature (House Resolution No. 477) a mere 11 days after Coltrane’s death in Huntington Hospital, Long Island, on 17 July 1967 at the age of 40. He is buried at Pine Lawn Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York. The resolution passed by the legislature remarks that the Members officially “express their deepest sorrow to the bereaved widow of this musical genius, John Coltrane.. [and] that the Chief Clerk of the Assembly be hereby directed to transmit a suitably prepared copy of this resolution to the widow of John Coltrane, Mrs. Alice Coltrane”. Jazz and bureaucracy are not comfortable bedfellows and the piece is unintentionally comic as the State Legislature’s heartfelt but grandiloquent wording in highlighting the key moments from Coltrane’s career is prefaced by a thundering “Whereas”, as in “Whereas, ‘Trane,’ as he was known to fellow musicians, was born in Hamlet, North Carolina…” From the collection of the distinguished jazz critic Ralph Gleason, with accompanying typed letter signed from the office of George N. Zenovich, Majority Floor Leader in the California Legislature, to Gleason enclosing the document (dated 29 August 1967, official paper); and accompanied by a 4-page press release issued by ABC Records (the parent company of Impulse!) relating to Coltrane’s death.

Folio (460 x 282 mm). Framed, mounted and glazed within the original frame (the patterning of which echoes the typographical border surrounding the document), overall size 677 x 500 mm. In excellent condition.

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