Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

This portrait of John Coltrane reveals the events, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of the revolutionary jazz artist. Coltrane’s story is told by the musicians who worked with him, those inspired by him, his children and biographers, and well-known admirers including President Bill Clinton and Cornel West. The film includes performance clips of Coltrane, who did not participate in any television interviews and recorded only a handful of radio interviews during his lifetime, with quotes from Coltrane spoken by Denzel Washington. This film premiered on PBS's Independent Lens in November 2017.



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John Scheinfeld and John Beug
Sherman Oaks, CA
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History & Biography