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Jazz festival marks John Coltrane's Walthamstow performance

One day improv festival to take place in East London this September

On 16 September Walthamstow's Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub will host a full day of free improvisation at an event called Discovery. Taking place 50 years after John Coltrane's death, the festival is keen to mark another event which had John Coltrane play at this east London town in the London borough of Waltham Forest, some 56 years ago. Coltrane performed at the Granada Theatre in Walthamstow on 17th November 1961 while on a Jazz at the Philharmonic European tour. To mark this, there will be a raffle for a signed test pressing of Evan Parker, John Edwards and John Russell's Walthamstow Moon: '61 Revisited , a recording made in commemoration of Coltrane's Walthamstow appearance, and which was recorded last year in the same space on 186 Hoe Street E17, now called the Mirth, Marvel & Maud. The release is forthcoming on Byrd Out. Also on sale at the event is a print of a painting by Gina Southgate of Thurston Moore and John Russell.

The momentous line up includes: Lee Boyd Allatson, Steve Beresford, Alison Blunt, Mark Browne, Nigel Coombes, Viv Corringham, Claude Deppa, Jim Dvorak, John Edwards, Satoko Fukuda, Kay Grant, Rick Jensen, Ivor Kallin, Stefan Keune, Anders Lindsjö, Hannah Marshall, Marcio Mattos, Ian MacGowan, Yoko Miura, Mopomoso Workshop Group, Jordan Muscatello, Rachel Musson, Maggie Nicols, Steve Noble, Michele Paccagnella, Evan Parker, Ola Paulson, Sonic Pleasure, John Russell, Enzo Rocco, Mark Sanders, Sebastian Sterkowicz, Paul G. Smyth, South Leicestershire Improvisers Ensemble, Luisa Tucciariello, Dave Tucker, Roger Turner, Anders Uddeskog, Alex Ward, Armorel Weston, Veryan Weston, Alan Wilkinson and Mia Zabelka.

Tickets are on sale at £25 each or £15 concessions. The is also a special Discovery ticket priced at £100 which is said to include the entire Weekertoft (the label who are hosting the event) catalogue and some rare gig posters.