City Paper is not for tourists
If you’re looking for the history of John Coltrane in D.C., you might wander down U Street NW past Bohemian Caverns and other jazz clubs he played when the strip was known as Black Broadway. But instead of going to see his saxophone in the Smithsonian (a Selmer Mark VI tenor made in Paris), head to the American Dance Institute in Rockville, where Brooklyn-based dance company Urban Bush Women brings to the stage part of a trilogy of works inspired by the late musician. Choreographed by founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and company dancer Samantha Speis, Walking with Trane, Chapter 2 pairs an original score by pianist George Caldwell with contemporary choreography that incorporates the spinning, flexing, stretching, clasped-hands partner swinging of classic jazz dance. Musically, Chapter 2 is inspired by Coltrane’s 1965 landmark A Love Supreme, the album that was, in turn, inspired by Coltrane overcoming drug addiction and finding faith. Don’t worry about seeing the second part of this work before seeing the first: Like George Lucas, Urban Bush Women starts this series in the middle and plans to premiere parts 1 and 3 sometime in the future. Urban Bush Women performs Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville. $16.25–$41.25. (855) 263-2623. americandance.org.