John Coltrane Memorial Concert presents: Chasing Trane

Sunday, October 1
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1hr 39mins // directed by:John Scheinfeld // featuring:Denzel Washington, Common, Bill Clinton // Assisted Listening

The Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert present a return one time only showing of this highly acclaimed 2016 documentary film; directed by John Scheinfeld; narrated by Denzel Washington. Followed by a panel discussion with Tia Fuller, Eric Jackson, Emmett G. Price III, and JCMC co-founder Syd Smart.

About the film:

Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.

Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John LennonWho Is Harry Nilsson…?) Chasing Trane uses his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich, textured, and compelling narrative that takes the audience to unexpected places. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man, Coltrane the artist.

About the John Coltrane Memorial Concert:

The John Coltrane Memorial Concert (JCMC) is the world’s oldest annual performance tribute to the musical and spiritual legacy of John Coltrane.  The first concert was performed in Boston on Sunday evening, July 17, 1977, in the Friends of Great Black Music Loft, a performance space for creative artistic expression established by master percussionist Syd Smart.  The date was specifically selected to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Coltrane’s passing (7/17/67).  The concert developed through the collective efforts of Smart, the late bassist Hayes Burnet, and saxophonist Leonard Brown and is based on three principles:

1) African American musicians should exert leadership in defining, educating, creating, perpetuating, expanding, and enhancing the musical traditions of African American people in the USA and the global African Diaspora. 2) John Coltrane was one of the most remarkable musicians in history and worthy of a memorial tribute. 3) The community of both listeners and musicians has a continued deep and abiding interest in and love for John Coltrane’s music.

These three musicians organized a concert honoring Coltrane that featured new, exciting, beautiful and moving renditions of his musical compositions.  The attendance and response was so overwhelming that a decision was made to hold the concert annually.  Since then, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert (JCMC) has developed into a greater Boston and Cambridge tradition featuring many outstanding musicians

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"Some films are also concerts, and if you enjoy music as much as a great documentary, you are going to be thrilled by 'Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.’ A meticulously researched and lovingly made portrait of one of the giants of 20th-century American music, the film, in which the words of John Coltrane, culled from liner notes and interviews, are spoken by Denzel Washington, is a triumph." — James Verniere, The Boston Herald


"Director John Scheinfeld's doc is a comprehensive, engrossing and, it’s tempting to say, worshipful account of the life of the music titan." — Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter