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John Coltrane

About The Film

Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. Written and directed by John Scheinfeld, Chasing Trane is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day.

Chasing Trane features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio (discovered in a California garage during production of this film), along with hundreds of rare photographs and rare television appearances from around the world.

Coltrane’s incredible story is told by the musicians who worked with him (Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Reggie Workman), musicians inspired by his fearless artistry and creative vision (Common, John Densmore, Wynton Marsalis, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington), Coltrane’s children and biographers, and well-known admirers such as President Bill Clinton and Dr. Cornel West. Learn more.

John Coltrane


We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Richard Kelley, Associate Professor, Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies & Undergraduate Studies at the SIU School of Music for serving as the discussion moderator for this event.



Music and history buffs alike gathered at the Carbondale Public Library to participate in the Chasing Trane screening event.

John Coltrane

Access the complete photo album from this event on WSIU Public Television’s Facebook page. Photo credits: Beth Spezia.

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