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Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This portrait of a remarkable artist reveals the critical events, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds. It is the incredible spiritual journey of a man who found God, who found himself and, in the process, created an extraordinary body of work that transcends all barriers of geography, race, religion and age. After the film the Israelian saxophonist plays Coltrane pieces with his project The Amsterdam Conservatory Coltrane Group.
Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson…?) the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich, textured and compelling narrative that takes the audience to unexpected places. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man, Coltrane the artist.
Born September 23rd, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, John Coltrane’s first introduction to music came through his musician father. Growing up, Coltrane was obsessed with the records of Count Basie and Lester Young. At the age of 13, he picked up the saxophone and tried to imitate the sounds of his then idols Charlie Parker and Johnny Hodges. Thus began the career of one of the Twentieth Century’s most important and influential artists. Coltrane’s dramatic life story was cinematic in its scope⎯from his early musical life playing alongside giants Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Vinson and Jimmy Heath, to breakout performances with the Miles Davis Quintet on their classic recordings ‘Round About Midnight and Kind of Blue, to the historic partnership with Thelonious Monk and then finally to his astonishing solo career that gave the world such musical diamonds as Giant Steps, My Favorite Things, Impressions, Live at Birdland and 1965’s seminal A Love Supreme.“Trane” died in 1967 at the age of 40, an enigmatic, dominant figure whose massive influence on generations of artists has grown even stronger since his death.
Born in Israel in 1977, Yaniv Nachum studied at the Israeli Jazz Academy, Rimon, before going abroad to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and The Manhattan School of Music. Since then Yaniv has been playing with some of the best orchestras in the Netherlands and toured all over the world with various ensembles and his own jazz quartet. Since 2003, Yaniv has been teaching jazz improvisation at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and started conducting and arranging for big bands and ensembles. Yaniv is currently the research coordinator at the Jazz department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, he is teaching theory, composition and improvisation and giving ensemble lessons.