Contextualizing Jazz in Philadelphia: An evening of documentaries

Contextualizing Jazz in Philadelphia: An evening of documentaries

FREE screenings presented by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia

All RSVPs have now been filled! A limited number of additional spaces may become available on the evening of the show, first-come first-served.


Coltrane’s Philadelphia: A Documentary Film – Premier!

This short documentary relates the story of jazz giant John Coltrane and the years he spent in Philadelphia during the 1940s and 1950s. After migrating from his childhood home in North Carolina in 1943, Coltrane spent years honing his craft in the City of Brotherly Love. This short film, featuring interviews with jazz musicians who knew Coltrane when he called Philadelphia home, as well as footage of the City during the time period Coltrane lived here, illuminates the urban context in which the artist moved the music forward.

Members of the production team will be available for question and
answers at the screening.

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise
dir. Robert Mugge, US, 1980, digital, 60 min.

Introduced by Filmmaker Robert Mugge

This 1980 film documents performances by the Sun Ra Arkestra in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. It features performances on the roof of the International House as well as interviews with Sun Ra and band members in both the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archeology & Anthropology and at the band’s home base in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

This program has been made possible by
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

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RSVPs are filled! A limited number of additional spaces may become available on the evening of the show, first-come first-served.

RSVPs are filled! A limited number of additional spaces may become available on the evening of the show, first-come first-served.

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