Legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926. To kick off his birthday celebration All That Philly Jazz, a public history project, will lead the Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Walking Tour: Green Book Edition.

A travel guide, Green Book listings were the 20th century version of the Underground Railroad, a network of safe spaces for African Americans. The walking tour will stop at Green Book sites associated with Coltrane such as the Bellevue-Stratford and Douglass hotels. Other stops include:

-- National historic landmark where Coltrane first heard Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie;

-- Supper club that was a hangout for the producers and musicians who created “The Sound of Philadelphia”;

-- Hotels where Billie Holiday stayed and was arrested;

-- Pep’s Musical Bar where Coltrane and other jazz and blues greats performed on the inside and tap dancers improvised on the outside;

-- Jazz club that paid homage to postal workers and U.S. Postal Service;

-- Dive bar that was the setting for the Broadway play “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”; and

-- Fraternal lodge where Bessie Smith’s funeral was held and an after-hours club was located on the top floor.


  • Occurs Saturday, September 21st, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Occurs Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


The Bellevue Philadelphia

200 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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