Urban Bush Women return with work inspired by John Coltrane

Urban Bush Women perform “Walking with’Trane.” Photo by Julieta Cervantes. 

By Steve Sucato

Given Pittsburgh’s rich history of jazz, it’s perhaps fitting that the internationally acclaimed Urban Bush Women return with a program celebrating John William Coltrane. On their last visit, in 2008, UBW presented the Afrocentric Scales of Memory in collaboration with Senegal’s Compagnie Jant-Bi. With the 70-minute Walking With ’Trane (2015), March 11 at the August Wilson Center, the seven-member, New York-based company shows another side of itself, one more akin to how jazz musicians perform together and step out from the group to shine in improvised solos…

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Steve Sucato is a former dancer turned arts writer/critic. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Dance Critics Association and Associate Editor of ExploreDance.com.