Sterling Worldwide Entertainment and George Coleman, Jr. announce the start of production for the full-length feature documentary, “Another Kind of Soul: The Coleman Family Legacy” which follows the life of the George Coleman, Jr. and his family and how the music they loved so much ripped their family apart and brought them back together.
George Coleman was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Largely self-taught, he learned how to play the alto saxophone when his older brother brought one home from school. After working with various acts in Memphis, including writing arrangements for Ray Charles, Coleman started working with B.B. King in 1953, at which point he switched to tenor saxophone earning a place in blues history with the sax solo on B.B. King’s chart topping song, “Woke Up This Morning” (RPM Records, 1953).
In 1956, George moved to Chicago, along with Booker Little. The bustling jazz scene brought him together with local heavyweights like Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin, John Gilmore and he joined Walter Perkins’ group, The MJT + 3. When Max Roach heard George with this unit in 1958, he invited him to join his own quartet from 1958–1959.
The film will follow his career highlighting his time with the legendary Miles Davis from 1963-1964, through the forming of his own quintet, Octet groups in the 70s, 80s, & 90s, right into his current quartet format today.
“George played everything almost perfectly… He was a hell of a musician,” Miles Davis said of Coleman.
He also played and recorded with Lionel Hampton (1965–1966), Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Betty Carter, Chet Baker, and many others.
Coleman also appeared in the film “Freejack” (1992) with Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, and Anthony Hopkins; and 1996’s “The Preacher’s Wife” with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston.
He was inducted into the inaugural class of Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012 along with many other Memphis greats, including his first employer B.B. King.
In 2015, he became an NEA Jazz Master, the highest national honor for a jazz musician in the US.
George Coleman, Jr. states, “I’m very excited to be working with Sterling and that we were finally able to collaborate. With their experience, creativity and passion, we know ‘Another Kind of Soul’ will be a great success!”