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Chasing Trane and Roundabout Greenwich Village

Chasing Trane movie poster, art work by Rudy Gutierrez

Kicking off the day with Shunzo Ohno Jazz Collective at The Blue Note.  New York’s legendary Jazz club The Blue Note presented The East Meets West Jazz Brunch on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, featuring trumpeter Shunzo Ohno.

One of the most versatile and influential trumpeters in modern jazz, Ohno has won global awards for his compositions, music for film, and recordings. Known for using elements of traditional jazz, hip hop, and melodies from Japan in his music, he creates a tapestry that is distinctly Shunzo Ohno in his performances, which inspire and unite audiences globally. Shunzo has brought together his long-time colleagues: Ira Coleman (bassist for Sting and Herbie Hancock), Gene Jackson (drummer for Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland), Tabla master Ray Spiegel, and pianist David Berkman for these special brunch performances.

CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY is a thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.

This rich, textured and compelling portrait of a remarkable artist reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds. It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption. But, above all else, it is the incredible journey of a spiritual warrior who found himself, found God, and in the process, created an extraordinary body of work that transcends all barriers of race, religion, age and geography. It is a film for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.

The beauty, poignancy, energy, pain, joy and inspiration heard in nearly 50 Coltrane recordings from throughout his career brings alive the artist and the times in which he lived. Even those familiar with his music will be able to hear and appreciate the music of John Coltrane in a new and exciting way.

Although Coltrane never participated in any television interviews (and only a handful for radio) during his lifetime, he has an active and vibrant presence in the film through his print interviews. These words—spoken by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington–illuminate what John Coltrane was thinking and feeling at critical moments throughout his life and career.

Fred Liu Trio at cornelia street cafe with Fred Liu on piano, John Benitez on bass and Francis Benitez on drums.

In between the music and the film, there was the visit to Whitney Museum of American Art and a quick visit with a friend, Rafay Rashid, from Providence. Coming on April 28th, he will be hosting an event at the museum ASAD RAZA’S WEEKEND GUESTS: RAFAY RASHID JUNGLE BADTAMEEZ. It’s always great to catch up with my dear friend Swetaank Gupta; who has graduated from Berklee and recently settled in New York.




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