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Keyboard Legend Ray Manzarek: The Doors’ Uncommon Synergist

Ray said that the bass part in “Light My Fire” was an homage to John Coltrane and Miles Davis, “just to be hip”. Ray took the same Fender Rhodes Piano Bass on tour for his entire career with The Doors. He took the 32-key, brown instrument throughout Europe. It played Madison Square Garden, The Forum in Los Angeles, and The Roundhouse. He said it was a fabulous instrument, and he was simply “playing his little Bach variations” for Light My Fire. He was busy “making music for the moment” and believed that everyone should play that way. Ray’s unorthodox combination

Keyboard Legend Ray Manzarek: The Doors’ Uncommon Synergist
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017

What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017
November may mean the end of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that the creepy fun has to end as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to add some freaky films to November’s list of streaming content.

Netflix will start the month off with films like “Oculus” and “Silent Hill” for fans of big scares and “Casper” and “Scary Movie” for those who looking for a milder way to keep the Halloween spirit alive, and will also add in “9” and “Piranha” later in the month. For those who would rather leave the October spookiness behind, science fiction comedies like “Chappie” and “Men in Black” or family-friendly films like “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Boss Baby” should make for fun movie nights.

Hulu will also keep the frights coming with offerings like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Beowulf,” but will also get a headstart on the winter holiday season with “Christmas with the Cranks,” Happy Christmas,” and collection
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What’s Coming to Netflix in November 2017

What’s Coming to Netflix in November 2017
October may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the chills and thrills have to end as Netflix continues the autumn spooktacular with more creepy content.

Netflix will start the month off with films like “Oculus” and “Silent Hill” for fans of big scares and “Casper” and “Scary Movie” for those looking for a milder way to keep the Halloween spirit alive. It will also add in “9” and “Piranha” later in the month. For those who would rather leave the October spookiness behind, science-fiction comedies like “Chappie” and “Men in Black” or family-friendly films like “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Boss Baby” should make for fun movie nights.

Also hitting the streaming platform later in the month: Netflix’s latest Marvel series, “The Punisher,” starring Jon Bernthal.

See the full list of movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in November 2017 below.

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Casper

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Charlotte’s Web

Field of Dreams

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Black Art is the New Black Music

I cannot believe that even the most devout American fascist has not danced or punched their fist in the air to a song created by African American musicians; at a prom, at a frat party or a wedding. "1999" by Prince, "Rock n Roll" by Chuck Berry, "Nutbush City Limits" by Ike and Tina Turner. Black music is an ever-present treatise on American life.

In the new season of New York galleries, Kara Walker, Sanford Biggers and Mark Thomas Gibson are Black American artists who "Keep on Pushing."*

Sanford Biggers show, Selah Is up til October 21, 2017 at Marianne Boesky Gallery, 507 West 24th Street, NY. He mixes African and American themes. The show is made up of found quilts and other fabric sewn together forming delicate and seductive "paintings." Other pieces jam on the floor with mixed materials and African statues or sprawl across the wall. (Overstood, 2017, image left) He riffs on
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Common on the ‘Gift’ of Collaborating With Ava DuVernay and His First Emmy Nom

Common on the ‘Gift’ of Collaborating With Ava DuVernay and His First Emmy Nom
Academy Award and Grammy winner Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., is a multi-threat as an actor, rapper, songwriter and producer and now one step closer to achieving the coveted Egot thanks to his first-ever Emmy nomination. Common is nominated in the music and lyrics category for the original song “Letter to the Free” from Netflix and Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13th.”

“I don’t create my art from a place of doing this to get an Emmy. I can’t create like that,” Common tells Variety. “I create from my heart and what I’m inspired by and what I feel is creative and fresh. I want to be a part of things that are impactful and inspire people and motivate, so I create from that place. But once it’s created, do I want the world to hear it? Do I want people to recognize it? Yes. So that’s where the joy of being
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Voyager Mission Documentary ‘The Farthest’ Lands August Release

Voyager Mission Documentary ‘The Farthest’ Lands August Release
Abramorama has bought U.S. and Canadian theatrical distribution rights for the space documentary “The Farthest,” which celebrates Nasa’s Voyager mission.

The film will be released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 11, followed by additional one-night event screenings around the country. August marks the 40th anniversary of the Nasa mission launch of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft — launched at that point to take advantage of a favorable alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

The Voyager probes exceeded expectations and have continued to deliver images from outside the Solar System. The spacecraft also contain a time capsule of Earth – a Golden Record made under the direction of astronomer Carl Sagan bearing recordings and images of life on our planet.

The Farthest” is written and directed by documentary filmmaker Emer Reynolds, whose credits include “Here Was Cuba” and “Three Men Go To War.” The film is produced by John Murray (“On A River In Ireland”) and
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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Screens at Webster University July 14th – 18th

“I myself don’t recognize the word ‘jazz.’ I just feel that I play John Coltrane.” –John Coltrane Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary screens Friday, July 14th through Tuesday July 18th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts each evening at 8:00pm. Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. 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,
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Now's Your Chance to Get Into Sza Before She Completely Blows Up

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Now's Your Chance to Get Into Sza Before She Completely Blows Up
Image Source: Getty / Frederick M. Brown Neo-soul singer Sza released her debut studio album, Ctrl, earlier this month, and in my eyes, it's already one of the best of the year. Sza sings about things every young woman can relate to: being young, being a woman, being the other woman, owning your sexuality, being insecure, falling for f*ckboys, trying to get over said f*ckboys - the list goes on and on. You may recognize her voice (which is raspy, lilted, and sounds like it's dripping in honey) from Rihanna's "Consideration" or her own 2014 Ep, Z. Her lead single, "Drew Barrymore," became such a hit that the actress shared an Instagram of herself singing along and made a cute cameo in the official video. If you haven't yet familiarized yourself with the lyrical genius that is Sza, here's your chance to get to know her before her career completely
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PBS’ Independent Lens Announces Season 16 Slate (Exclusive)

PBS’ Independent Lens Announces Season 16 Slate (Exclusive)
Despite the fact that President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget calls for the eventual elimination of government funding for public TV, Independent Lens isn’t going anywhere… at least not for the next 12 months.

The long-running documentary series that airs on PBS will launch its 16th season on Nov. 6 with John Scheinfeld’s “Chasing Trane.” About John Coltrane, the film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last September followed by a screening at Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Pic includes interviews with Wynton Marsalis, former President Bill Clinton, and Common, with Coltrane’s own words spoken by Denzel Washington. Abramorama
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Blues Documentaries ‘Sidemen,’ ‘Two Trains Runnin’ Scheduled for August Release

Abramorama has acquired blues documentaries “Sidemen: Long Road To Glory” and “Two Trains Runnin'” for theatrical release in August.

Abramorama has become a specialist in handling long-form music documentaries, including Amir Bar-Lev’s “Long Strange Trip,” John Scheinfeld’s “Chasing Trane” and Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years.” Earlier this year, the company announced a deal with Sword Rowe Capital to invest further in music driven films.

“These two films are powerful illustrations of how the blues, a great and original American art form, has resonated across the entire spectrum of life in this country throughout the past century,” said Richard Abramowitz, president of Abramorama. “Its impact on music and its confluence with social justice has been, and continues to be, profound and we’re proud to help bring these sterling examples out into the world.”

“Sidemen” is narrated by Marc Maron and centers on piano player Pinetop Perkins,
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‘Paris Can Wait,’ Eleanor Coppola’s French Valentine, Leads Arthouse Box Office Openers

‘Paris Can Wait,’ Eleanor Coppola’s French Valentine, Leads Arthouse Box Office Openers
As specialized distributors head to Cannes, Eleanor Coppola’s French valentine “Paris Can Wait” (Sony Pictures Classics) scored with arthouse moviegoers. It’s only the fourth 2017 limited release to break the increasingly rare $20,000 per-theater-average mark.

These days, movies with older audience appeal are sustaining the market — and will likely form the core demo for similar available new films at Cannes. Eleanor Coppola (“Apocalypse Now” documentary “Heart of Darkness”) makes her narrative film debut at 81 with her semi-autobiographical first screenplay, starring Diane Lane as the wife of a self-involved film producer (Alec Baldwin).

New York also saw a handful of other small but still promising initial results, led by Cate Blanchett stunt-theater piece “Manifesto” (Film Rise), Israeli marriage story “The Wedding Plan” (Roadside Attractions) and “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” (First Run).

Netflix’s timely Tribeca documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” an eye-opening portrait of Donald Trump’s flamboyant dark knight,
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A24’s ‘The Lovers’ Woos Arthouse Box Office

A24’s ‘The Lovers’ Woos Arthouse Box Office
A weak arthouse market was brightened by “The Lovers,” a high-concept A24 release targeted at the usual older specialty demo. Azazel Jacobs, an indie veteran without a breakout film to his credit, returned to the feature world from HBO (“Doll and Em”) with “The Lovers” (A24). Its initial results put it atop the results for the weekend which saw several disappointments.

Read More: A24 After ‘Moonlight’: Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

Several top specialized distributors optimistically counter-programmed against Marvel’s May juggernaut “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” hoping to fill the vacuum with no other wide releases to grab attention. That strategy can can launch a film like “Belle,” “Ida,” and “Far from the Madding Crowd” toward a big push in the early summer period including Memorial Day weekend.

Even if “The Lovers” never approaches that level, it is positioned to get
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 CD Score From Composer Tyler Bates Available On April 28

Marvel Music/Hollywood Records have released the digital versions of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 songs-only album and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 original score album by composer Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “John Wick Chapter 2,” “Watchmen”).

The film opens in U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is filled with great action, humor and performances, but it is also infused with a new mixed tape and soundtrack, a dynamic that resonated deeply with audiences in the first film as evidenced by the success of the soundtrack album. The Grammy-nominated “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart. The album was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol.
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Joshua Reviews John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane [Theatrical Review]

Miles Davis. Dizzy Gillespie. Thelonius Monk. All these names, to jazz “heads,” aren’t just the leading contenders for the genre’s Mount Rushmore. They also happen to be just a few of the names most closely associated with the work of one of jazz’s greatest saxophonists, John Coltrane. An artist who would go on to be as defining a voice in jazz music as the genre, or music in general, has ever seen, Coltrane is also an artist less well known than Davis and less mythologized than someone like Monk. However, he’s the subject of a new, first of its kind, documentary that attempts to at once shine a light on his life off the stage while re-contextualizing his work on it.

Entitled Chasing Trane, director John Scheinfeld introduces us not just to John Coltrane the legendary jazz icon, but also the man behind the myths and the legends.
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In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Fate of the Furious,' 'Lost City of Z' and More

In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Fate of the Furious,' 'Lost City of Z' and More
The Fast crew, a 20th century British explorer and a so-called "fixer" are all headed to theaters this weekend. In addition to The Fate of the Furious and Lost City of Z, also hitting the big screen are Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer and the jazz doc Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Story, which includes commentary from Denzel Washington, Bill Clinton and others.

Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box...
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Film Review: ‘Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary’

Film Review: ‘Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary’
Midway through “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” John Scheinfeld’s elegantly crafted and illuminating portrait of the singular jazz legend, John Densmore, of the Doors, talks about “Kind of Blue,” the touchstone 1959 Miles Davis album on which Coltrane was a pivotal player. Densmore calls it an album that transcends categories, one that even people who don’t “get” jazz can respond to. And he’s right. But let’s be honest: Even today, the people who feel like they don’t get jazz vastly outnumber those who do. “Chasing Trane” is a film that might have been made for them. Not because it’s “Coltrane for Dummies” — its grasp of Coltrane’s genius is direct and organic — but because it builds what John Coltrane did from the ground up, leading us through the mystery of his lyric celestial saxophone wail, and how it emerged from the complex person he was.
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Joshua Reviews Kasper Collins’ I Called Him Morgan [Theatrical Review]

Despite recently becoming fodder for comedians looking to slander what they see as a laughably pretentious aspect of American hipsterism, one of the great artforms ever to be fostered in these here United States is having a bit of a moment.

Jazz, ladies and gentlemen, is seeing a resurgence unlike any in music. Be it its ever growing influence within the world of hip-hop or acts like Thundercat drawing from worldwide influences to evolve their own form of jazz, jazz music proper is seeing its impact on mainstream pop culture expand exponentially with each release cycle. And that means it’s time for some history lessons, folks.

With a documentary about John Coltrane arriving later on in April, a lesser known juggernaut of the jazz music scene is about to get his due. The focal point of director Kasper Collins’ newest film entitled I Called Him Morgan, jazz legend Lee Morgan
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Official Trailer for 'Chasing Trane' Doc About Jazz Legend John Coltrane

"John Coltrane's sound rearranges molecular structure." Abramorama has released an official Us trailer for the documentary titled Chasing Trane, an extensive look at the life of jazz legend John Coltrane. This doc first premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals last year, and is a must-see for any die-hard jazz fans. It features tons of rare footage and photographs of Coltrane practicing and performing, including a never-before-seen studio tape found in a garage during the making of the film. Even if you're not that familiar with Coltrane, this doc spends plenty of time telling us who he is and why he was so passionate about music. 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. It's not the best doc, but it is a nice look at a legend. Here's the official
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‘I Called Him Morgan’ Review: A Bittersweet Documentary About the Woman Who Saved a Jazz Legend’s Life (And Then Killed Him)

‘I Called Him Morgan’ Review: A Bittersweet Documentary About the Woman Who Saved a Jazz Legend’s Life (And Then Killed Him)
This previous Oscar season was full of surprises, but chief among them was that the movie world suddenly found itself hosting a passionate conversation about the inherent blackness of jazz, and the tenuous share that white musicians — or connoisseurs — might possess of the art form. “La La Land,” in its own particular way, encouraged audiences to reckon with the history of jazz, and to consider whose it might be to preserve and pass down. But for all of the talk about the perils and problems of people writing themselves into that story, there’s been precious little discussion about the people who have been erased from it. Chief among them: women.

Seb could probably talk your ear off about legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan, about how the “hard bop” virtuoso joined up with Dizzy Gillespie when he was only 18, and went on to play with the likes of John Coltrane and
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Power Rangers Won’t Give Beauty And The Beast Much Trouble -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.

How Will Power Rangers and Two Other Movies Fare Against Disney’s Beauty and the Beast?

This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to
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