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Philadelphia Festival Honors Alice and John Coltrane

Directed by saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, the 10-day event will take place on the University of Pennsylvania campus in October

Lakecia Benjamin
Lakecia Benjamin in performance at the 2021 DC Jazz Festival (photo by Jati Lindsay)

Penn Live Arts—a performing arts presenter at the University of Pennsylvania—has organized a festival in tribute to Alice and John Coltrane to be held October 14-23 in Philadelphia.

“Alice & John: A Coltrane Festival” honors the musical legacy of both Coltranes (with particular accent on Alice Coltrane’s oft-overlooked work). Jazz artists on the program include saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin (the festival’s artistic director) and her band; saxophonist Gary Bartz; vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater; saxophonist Ravi Coltrane; bassist and onetime Coltrane Quartet member Reggie Workman; and harpist Brandee Younger. In addition, the festival will feature screenings of two documentaries (Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary and Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes) and a newly commissioned dance work by choreographer Pam Tanowitz, Walk With Me.

The festival takes place at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Visit the Penn Live Arts website for more information and to purchase tickets.

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