PN 18: Jazz Legends on Screen
Trumpet player Lee Morgan was murdered at age 33. Saxophonist John Coltrane died of cancer at age 40. Now both these jazz greats are the subjects of ambitious new documentaries. Thom Powers interviews the filmmakers Kasper Collin (“I Called Him Morgan”) and John Scheinfeld (“Chasing Trane”) as we begin Season Two of Pure Nonfiction.
“I Called Him Morgan” explores the life of the prolific Blue Note recording artist best known for the crossover hit “Sidewinder,” who was killed by his common law wife Helen in 1972. “Chasing Trane” brings fresh perspective to the innovative saxophonist known for albums such as “Giant Steps” and “A Love Supreme.” Both films are playing at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that takes place September 8-18.
Pure Nonfiction is distributed by the TIFF podcast network.