John Coltrane

NEW MUSIC: Awakening By Michelle Coltrane

Apr 25, 2018

Michelle is the only daughter of John and Alice Coltrane. She was born in Paris and experienced her formative years as a DJ in Japan, where she began to do voiceover work and then began singing.  Her new release on BluJazz Productions is called Awakening.   

Sunday, December 3 on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.,  I will interview award-winning vocalist Michelle Coltrane.   She is the daughter of John and Alice Coltrane, and was born in Paris, France.   Michelle  is an internationally respected vocalist, bandleader and DJ. Michelle's first recording was  I Think of You which  won a YES  Award, and was a collaboration of contemporary music with composer Scott Hiltzik.   Her recent release  Awakening features her singing versions of her father's songs.  It features My Favorite Things, Moments Notice and nine other songs on the BluJazz label.

Check out the November 18 edition of "UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry." My special guests included award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr., who stopped by to chat about his new Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Documentary, "Tell Them We Are Rising." The project puts a spotlight on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and their relevance to American society and culture. The film will debut during Black History Month on February 19, 2018. 

Trane: The Atlantic Collection (VIDEO)

Aug 6, 2017

2017 has been a good year for John Coltrane fans.  First,  the John Scheinfeld film Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary revealed his life and music to new audiences (which WCLK screened May 2017 at Midtown Arts Cinemas as a member engagement activity).  Now, Rhino Records is re-releasing a number of Coltrane's Atlantic Records-era releases.

A complete box set preceded this compilation.   The set is a compelling collection that showcases some of Coltrane's most accessible music, recorded between 1959 and 1961, as he moved from legendary sideman to bandleader. You can hear cuts from Trane: The Atlantic Years at various times on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in  particular during Serenade To The City from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Thanks to our members and listeners who donated to Jazz 91.9 WCLK for a fabulous evening of Jazz at the Movies on Friday May 12, 7:00 p.m. at Landmark Midtown Theatre.  Response was overwhelming and this event has been sold out! Stay tuned to WCLK for more opportunities to celebrate Jazz music in Atlanta.

Chasing Trade:  The John Coltrane Documentary accounts the life and work of legendary Jazz musician, John Coltrane.  The film includes commentary from:   Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West, Bill Clinton and others.

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