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Coltrane's sax joins Smithsonian collection

The John Coltrane House on Candlewood Path in

The John Coltrane House on Candlewood Path in Dix Hills, as seen on Oct. 14, 2013. (Credit: Henry Powderly )

One of John Coltrane's saxophones is headed to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Coltrane's son, jazz artist Ravi Coltrane, donated one of his father's three principal saxophones to the museum. The Selmer Mark VI tenor sax was made in Paris around 1965, according to the museum.

Coltrane's epic "A Love Supreme" album was released the same year.


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The saxophone, along with an album cover, will be displayed on the museum's first floor throughout April, which is Jazz Appreciation Month.

Also, photographer Chuck Stewart is donating rare photographs of the "A Love Supreme" recording session in 1964.

Coltrane and his family lived on Candlewood Path in Dix Hills between 1964 and 1967. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

The four-bedroom ranch home is where Coltrane composed "A Love Supreme."

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