The Arts

Savoring the sounds and legacy of John Coltrane

The RiverRun International Film Festival’s ongoing “Films With Class” program has teamed with ITVS’s “Indie Lens Pop-Up” for a special screening of the documentary feature Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary on Oct. 26 at the High Point Arts Council Centennial Station Arts Center.

The film takes a sweeping look at the life and career of the legendary jazz performer born in Hamlet, North Carolina, in 1926. Before his untimely death at age 40 in 1967, Coltrane had established himself as a major talent and musical innovator, working alongside such fellow luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, which yielded such classic albums as Giant Steps (1960), My Favorite Things (1961), Impressions (1963), Live at Birdland (1964) and A Love Supreme (1965).

Noted documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon, We Believe) utilizes never-before-seen home movies, vintage rehearsal and performance footage and rare photographs to provide an intimate portrait of Coltrane the artist and Coltrane the man, augmented by interviews with such musical luminaries as Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Heath (who worked with him), and Wynton Marsalis, Common, Wayne Shorter and Carlos Santana (whom he influenced), and even admirers including former President Bill Clinton and philosopher and Civil Rights activist Dr. Cornel West.

Throughout the film are the words of Coltrane himself, as spoken by two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington.

RiverRun, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary with its 2018 festival (April 19-29), is dedicating this screening to the North Carolina Arts Council to commemorate its 50th anniversary this month.

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Wanna go?

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary will be screened 7 pm, Oct. 26 at the High Point Arts Council Centennial Station Arts Center, 121 S. Centennial St., High Point. Admission is free. For more information, call 336.724.1502 or visit the official RiverRun website: http://riverrunfilm.com/.

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