Blue Train - Coltrane So Africa
Spencer Proffer and Africa’s Leading Luxury Train, The Blue Train, announced a partnership to produce a unique experience celebrating John Coltrane and South African jazz music. This will happen through the private, tastemaker two day journey and screening screening of the acclaimed John Coltrane feature documentary, Chasing Trane, on board the iconic South African ‘Blue Jewel’.(http://wetu.com/iBrochure/19578/The%20Blue%20Train). The BT is a luxurious 'five star hotel on wheels", comparable to the Orient Express, November 9-10, 2017.
One of Coltrane’s most successful albums was entitled ‘Blue Train’. It is still considered one of the greatest works in the genre.
This is the first time that a film has been showcased in this manner aboard a train, to a private and select group of invitees. Senior Transnet delegates as well as celebrated ambassadors of The Blue Train, coming from all walks of media, corporate and political spheres, will attend.
Papi Molotsane, a highly respected South African business leader, is the partner on the ground and serves as Co-Executive Producer. His staff will coordinate all activities, extensions and brand participations in South Africa. Sponsors will be announced at a later date.
Proffer, of the producers of Chasing Trane, who is also producing the event in South Africa stated: " In partnering with the luxury travel innovators of The Blue Train and the visionary Papi Molotsane on this very special journey, we celebrate the diversity of jazz currently emanating from South Africa while expanding the footprint of our documentary film".
The journey will have a stopover in the fields of the famed Delaire Graff Wine Estate (delaire.co.za) in Stellenbosch, where a live concert will take place while lunch is served for the guests who will join in the journey. The experience will conclude with a finale concert at the popular Kaleidoscope Jazz Club in Cape Town.
The 2 day experience will also prominently feature South African jazz musicians who will perform original compositions in the spirit of the jazz legend, at key destination stops.
Acclaimed South African music producer and composer, Grammy nominee for his work with Hugh Masekela, Don Laka (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Laka; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Laka), will direct and oversee all the musical aspects of this experience. Jazz icon Ronnie Laws together with Eloise Laws and Lita Gaithers Owens, stars of the 4 time Tony nominated hit Broadway show, 'It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues', will join from America.
S.A. artist Dr. Bone, as well as highly respected jazz saxophonist, McCoy Mrubata, will perform with other hot, local artists at both Delaire Graff and the Kaleidoscope Club, as well as join the guests on this journey as well.
Esteemed South African fashion designer and original King of Kotini, Ole Ledimo, founder of House Of Ole, will be showcasing African designs inspired by John Coltrane’s life.
This project will be a strong way to bring attention to the Chasing Trane film and its meaning as well as the origins of modern jazz, showcased to the youth of South Africa and the world. It will also give focused, global exposure to the Blue Train and what South Africa can offer people throughout our planet.
Chasing Trane will be shown periodically on-board The Blue Train via their sophisticated playback system and lounges.
The list of travellers will be comprised of invited guests, journalists & sponsors from around the globe. Celebrated ambassadors of The Blue Train coming from all walks of media, corporate and political spheres will attend. They will travel from Pretoria to Cape Town on The Blue Train, with stopovers in Kimberley and Paarl.
Los Angeles based Vivian Ying Yang serves a Consulting Producer to Meteor 17 and Proffer. NYC based marketing executives Reggie Miller and Gary R. Lewis, have joined the Meteor 17 team to further help with the conceptualization of this project. Dave Harding will accompany Proffer to produce the event in South Africa.