Concert of Colors: Marion Hayden Presents Eternal Spirit: The Music of Alice Coltrane

Eternal Spirit: the Music of Alice Coltrane is a multi-generational tribute to a singular figure in the history of American jazz. Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda was a pianist, organist, harpist, singer, composer, and the wife of John Coltrane. Born in Detroit in 1937, by the age of nine, she played organ during services at Mount Olive Baptist church. In the early 60’s she began playing jazz in Detroit with her own trio and would collaborate with Ornette Coleman, Pharaoh Sanders, Charlie Haden and Carlos Santana. Alice’s interest in gospel, classical, and jazz music led to the creation of her own innovative style, and her twenty recordings cover a time span from Monastic Trio (1968) to Translinear Light (2004). Coltran’s music will be performed by acoustic bassist Marion Hayden and harpist Brandee Younger. 

Marion Hayden is a modern-day legend who began her career in Detroit at the age of 15. She has performed with such diverse masters as Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, Lester Bowie, James Carter, and many others. She is a co-founder of the touring jazz ensemble Straight Ahead- the first all-woman jazz ensemble signed to Atlantic Records. Brandee Younger is an American harpist who infuses classical, jazz, soul, and funk influences to the harp tradition pioneered by her idols Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. Younger has worked with popular artists including Lauryn Hill, John Legend, Common, Drake, The Roots, and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane.

All performances are free, those scheduled for inside the Detroit Film Theatre require online ticket registration. For the complete 2022 Concert of Colors concert schedule visit concertofcolors.com.

The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival. Global music at its finest at this colorful, festive, upbeat coveted summer event. It’s produced by the Concert of Colors with partners Culture Source, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS,  University of Michigan – Detroit Center, Michigan Science Center, Detroit Historical Museum, College For Creative Studies, Hellenic Museum of Michigan, Third Man Records, Lowriders of Detroit, Science Gallery Detroit, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Midtown Inc., University of Michigan Dearborn, University of Michigan – Detroit, Arab American National Museum, WDET, The Scarab Club and the International Institute of Metro Detroit.