BUFFALO, N.Y. - The late James Pappy Martin had a passion for music. He loved the jazz sounds of John Coltrane and kept the music alive in Buffalo.
"My role as a musician is to try to elevate the consciousness and love of a culture called jazz," Martin said in an interview before his death in 2015.
Pappy Martin founded the Love Supreme School of Music and co-founded the Masten Jazz Festival. At both the sound of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane was present.
"He and John Coltrane's lives seemed to parallel," said Dawn Martin Berry Walker, "they both started out very young playing music and swiftly moved into jazz."
To carry on her father's legacy, Walker says the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society continues to educate and honor the music of Coltrane.
"With all the hard work I saw my father do over the years to really keep this art form alive, to groom young people so that we have an audience that will continue to appreciate and play the music. He was very intent on teaching the science of music, how to read music, you don't just get up and jam," she said.
On September 23, Coltrane would have turned 90. He died of liver cancer in 1967 at the age of 40.
A big musical celebration will be held at the Burchfield Penney on Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m.
Saxophonist Vincent Herring and the George Caldwell Quartet will perform.
Admission is $10.00; $5.00 Burchfield Penney members. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door. For more information, call (716) 878-6011.