My family is a musical family. All my cousins play instruments and play them very well (I myself do not), and my family has always been one that really appreciates the arts. My aunt who lives in St. Louis, Missouri, a confluence of Chicago blues, New Orleans jazz, and delta blues (among many other styles of music), turned me on to these great styles of music very early in my life -- something I am eternally grateful for.

The very first jazz record I ever bought was Miles Davis Kind of Blue, when I was 14. I remember being blown away by the dulcet tones of Miles Davis's trumpet, but, moreover, being sent into a type of profound spiritual ecstasy by the soaring notes and rhythm of the sax: played by the gifted, tormented, and oh so spiritual Mr. John Coltrane -- that record and the legendary saxophonist's entire body of work, did much to shape my appreciation and understanding of jazz as a whole.

John Coltrane died tragically of liver cancer 50 years ago this past July 17, and the fine folks of commune are celebrating his life and paradigm-shifting contributions to music, with a one night only screening of Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, September 16, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

The event will be introduced by a performance of Coltrane's work by Mobo, Jazz FM and Parliamentary Jazz winner Binker Golden, who has assembled the Binker Golding trio with Sam Jones (drums) and Jay Darwish (bass) for the occasion.