John Coltrane's Saxophone Joins Smithsonian Jazz Collection

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This 1964 file photo shows jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. The year 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of Coltrane's completion of "A Love Supreme." He died of cancer in 1967 at age 40. (AP Photo) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of John Coltrane's tenor saxophones is joining the jazz collection at the Smithsonian.

Coltrane's son, Ravi Coltrane, will donate one of his father's three principal tenor saxophones to the National Museum of American History on Wednesday. The donation marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's masterpiece composition "A Love Supreme."

The museum says jazz photographer Chuck Stewart also is donating some rare and never displayed photographs from the recording session for "A Love Supreme." The images come from long-forgotten negatives of photographs taken in 1964. Stewart is known for his images of jazz culture and notable musicians.

The manuscript for "A Love Supreme" is going on display in the museum's "American Stories" exhibit through June 17. It's considered one of the great jazz compositions of all time.