Coltrane Festival Taking Place in Philly


Alice and John Coltrane are recognized as jazz royalty, and from Oct 14-23, Penn Live Arts’ Coltrane Festival honors the tremendous impact this iconic duo had on American music. With rising star saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin serving as Artistic Advisor and performer, on Oct. 16, the Festival will showcase John’s bebop, free jazz and spiritual enlightenments alongside the more abstract sounds and Eastern influences of Alice’s compositions.

In the all-Coltrane program Benjamin will be joined by her band, Pursuance, and special guests, including vocalist Dee dee Bridgewater and Gary Bartz. The program will feature John Coltrane’s masterpiece, “A Love Supreme,” and his newly rediscovered “Blue World,” as well as music from Benjamin’s “Pursuance: The Coltranes” album and a world premiere of a Penn Live Arts commission.