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Busta Brown interviews Joe Williams about the 2018 John Coltrane music festival / Winston Salem Chronicle

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The Friends of John Coltrane is a charitable 501(c) 3 organization in High Point. The group's mission is to preserve and celebrate the life and music of the legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, and they did in a big way. In 2011 the first John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival was held at Oak Hollow Lake Park in High Point.

This Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-2, the festival celebrates its eighth year at Oak Hollow Lake Park in High Point, with another powerhouse line up, which includes: Sheila E and her father Pete Escovedo, popular jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, John Coltrane's son and daughter Ravi and Michelle, Diane Reeves, multi Grammy award winning jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more. "I'm looking forward to the crowd's reaction to vocalist Jazzmia Horn. Her sound is different, yet very refreshing is the best way to describe her. I believe the audience will ask us to bring her back next year. She's that good," said Joe Williams Sr., a member of The Friends of John Coltrane and senior partner at Choices Media Group LLC.

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