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Penn Live Arts presents 'Alice & John: A Coltrane Festival,' Oct. 12 to 23

Erin Patrice O'Brien

Be sure to check out Alice & John: A Coltrane Festival, and mark your calendar for Oct 16 when Greg Bryant hosts a post-concert Q&A with Lakecia Benjamin, and Oct. 23 when Josh Jackson chats with Brandee Younger after her performance.

Tickets available here.

Festival Information:

Alice and John Coltrane are jazz royalty. This festival honoring their legacy explores the immense impact the duo had on American music, with an exciting emphasis on Alice’s significant and often underrepresented contributions.

With rising star saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin serving as Artistic Advisor, we showcase John’s bebop, free jazz and spiritual enlightenments alongside the more abstract sounds and Eastern influences of Alice’s compositions. World premieres, Penn Live Arts commissions and an impressive line-up of artists bring the timeless music of the Coltranes into the present day.

A prolific star of the dance world, choreographer Pam Tanowitz’ company performs our world premiere commissioned work set to Alice’s music and played live by Lakecia Benjamin and her band, Pursuance. Benjamin remains in the spotlight in an all-Coltrane inspired program featuring a Penn Live Arts commissioned piece and some very special guests.

Ravi Coltrane brings a personal connection in a grand exploration of his parents’ musical legacy, and jazz harpist Brandee Younger continues her years-long dedication to Alice’s music, highlighting her earlier works. Films and discussions with Coltrane scholars round out our thematic journey with these jazz icons.

Alice & John: A Coltrane Festival
Oct. 12 to 23
Presented by Penn Live Arts