The Church of John Coltrane African Orthodox Church is a church based in San Francisco which recognizes the late, great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane as a saint. As you would imagine, the church’s services transcend your typical Sunday morning sermon as they are centered around live jazz performances and the special communion the performances achieve. Coltrane’s music truly is the vehicle that makes the heart and soul of the congregation one.
Archbishop Franzo Wayne King first founded his church in 1971. King originally called the church “Yardbird Temple”, as a tribute to the jazz club that King ran in San Francisco in the 1960′s. In 1982, the church officially joined the African Orthodox Church denomination, changed its moniker, and canonized Coltrane as a saint. Continue reading