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East London venue Mirth, Marvel & Maud celebrates John Coltrane

Saxophonist Denys Baptiste curates the one day event at the historical venue where the jazz giant played in 1961

On 17 February Coltrane Culture will celebrate the life, music and spiritual journey of the jazz musician and composer John Coltrane. “Many cultures still use music to evoke higher states of being, focusing the mind and body as a conduit to connect with the spirit,” says the event’s curator Denys Baptiste. “John Coltrane is considered by many as one of the world’s best Jazz musicians, who channelled music through the lens of the divine. His early career was hampered by addiction until 1957, when he experienced a dramatic spiritual awakening that changed both the course of his life and transformed Jazz on a global scale. The spiritual source of his music has inspired both musicians and listeners alike, making his Jazz truly timeless.”

The event will feature a screening of John Scheinfeld's Coltrane documentary Chasing Trane, followed by a panel discussion exploring his influence today. There will also be a selection of Coltrane inspired performances including a solo harp set from Alina Bzhezhinska, The Gary Crosby Quartet with Evan Parker, live performances by Tomorrow’s Warriors, and Denys Baptiste performing music from his album The Late Trane. Other attractions include a DJ set by Blacktronica’s Charlie Dark, hiphop and jazz inspired yoga and meditation sessions, and a showcase of Coltrane inspired art and music by students at Big Creative Education.

Coltrane Culture will take place at Mirth, Marvel & Maud in Walthamstow, London.