My Favorite Things

A Special Holiday Celebration of Coltrane’s Music and Spiritual Legacy
Sat Dec 15th @ 7:30pm
Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium

FJCMC, Inc. in collaboration with Northeastern University’s Office of Student Affairs and the College of Social Sciences & Humanities is proud to present the 41st Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert featuring the JCMC Ensemble under the musical direction of Dr. Carl Atkins. This year’s concert honors two master JCMC alumni: Bill Pierce and Stan Strickland, both of whom have made indelible musical contributions to the world. We invite you to join us for an evening of reflection and re-animation of John Coltrane’s compositions, legacy and philosophy.

For one night only, Sat Dec 15th 2018 at Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium.

Pre Show Dinner Discount @ Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

41st JCMC Ensemble

 Carl Atkins - alto and soprano saxophones • Tyler Bonilla - trombone • Leonard Brown - soprano and tenor saxophones • Billy Buss - trumpet • Laszlo Gardony - piano • Yoron Israel - drums • Charles Lewis - trumpet • John Lockwood - bass • Bill Lowe - bass trombone and tuba • Dorsey Minns - trombone • Michael Peipman - trumpet • Bill Pierce - soprano and tenor saxophones • Stan Strickland - soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flutes, vocals • Bill Thompson - tenor saxophones • Bobby Tynes - alto, soprano and tenor saxophones

Host: Eric Jackson

I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things he knows of and senses in the universe.
— John Coltrane

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Bill Pierce
& Stan Strickland

This year, we recognize Bill Pierce and Stan Strickland for their long time commitment to the JCMC and their lifetime commitment to creating music of integrity, sincerity and lasting value.


Bill Pierce

Recognized as one of the world’s greatest saxophonists, Bill Pierce has created a legacy that is second to none. He has been featured with such greats as Stevie Wonder, Art Blakey, Tony Williams and Kevin Eubanks. Bill has appeared on over 80 recordings and for over a quarter of a century, he served as the head of woodwinds at Berklee College of Music, where his legacy as a teacher and mentor is legendary. He recently retired in 2017 and was named emeritus chair of woodwinds. Bill has been a consistent contributor to the JCMC over the years. His unique, powerful and robust sound has been featured many times and his solos have always been highlights of the performances.


Stan Strickland

Stan Strickland is recognized as one of the greatest artists of our times. He is a master musician, performing on various reeds and woodwinds and vocals in multiple formats for over five decades. Stan is also an accomplished dancer and actor, having performed and collaborated with choreographers including Alvin Ailey, José Limón and Bill T. Jones and appearing at the Vineyard Playhouse Productions and the Sundance Film Festival.

From the first JCMC in 1977 through today, Stan has performed on every concert. With his unique and full sound, Stan’s spirit has been essential in establishing the outstanding legacy of the JCMC. He has contributed some of the most memorable arrangements and performances in the JCMC history, all exhibiting a deep understanding of Coltrane’s music and the ability to recreate and express it in innovative and captivating approaches and formats.

God breathes through us so completely... so gently we hardly feel it... yet, it is our everything.
— John Coltrane
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Carl Atkins - Musical Director

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Leonard Brown - Exec. Producer / Co-founder

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Eric Jackson - Host

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Syd Smart - Co-Founder

My music is the spiritual expression of what I am - my faith, my knowledge, my being.
— John Coltrane



We’d like to thank our sponsors for supporting this year’s John Coltrane Memorial Concert. If interested in becoming a sponsor please contact us.


Northeastern University Office of Student Affairs

Northeastern University College of Social Sciences & Humanities

Northeastern University JOhn D. O’Bryant African American Institute



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Blackman Auditorium


Located on Hungtington Avenue in the middle of the quad at Northeastern University. Immediately accessible from the Northeastern stop on Green Line T as well as the Orange Line Ruggles station. Blackman Auditorium is located at 342 Huntington Avenue in Ell Hall.

When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hang-ups.
— John Coltrane