Doug Schulkind listener comments, 2007

New York based broadcaster Doug Schulkind re-aired “Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone” in 2007.

Doug is one of the more brilliant jazz hosts in the country and he has a strong following.  Doug set up the documentary and got his listeners engaged in it.

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Here are some of their comments:


Show #3

 Fri Oct. 19, 2007 10:55am

From: Pamela 

This has been beautiful. Why did you have to play this right before 11:00? When do I get to go to the bathroom?

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 11:02am

From: Doug 

Dear listeners, please keep the comments coming throughout the next hour. And don’t forget to email me comments about the documentary. I will forward them to the producer. Enjoy!

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 11:10am

From: Parq 

Well, here goes another hour’s productivity…

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 11:20am

From: Parq 

Sorry to hog the space, but listening to this Alabama section draws the Christopher Paul Curtis book for young people, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963” irresistably to mind. Everyone touched by the knowledge of what happened that day in Birmingham, whether or not you have school age children (but especially if you do) shold read this compelling, richly detailed novel.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 11:25am

From: Doug 

That Alabama passage with the MLK eulogy has been running in mind every since ’01 when I first heard this documentary. Coming up later in this segment, there is a fascinating overdubbing of a singer “performing” Coltrane’s poem on the Love Supreme record along with Coltrane playing the last section of A Love Supreme. Amazing stuff.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 11:31am

From: Dave in NC 

Doug…Drape a towel over your head and lean over a vintage radio while this documentary is on. Breathe deeply. Repeat weekly.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 11:35am

From: north guinea hills 

i’ve been traveling the last 2 fridays and have missed the first 2 parts. i just have to say that this doc. is devastatingly beautiful. thank you so much!

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 11:45am

From: liz french 

OMG OMG OMG–the numero uno DESERT ISLAND ALBUM: Hartman and Coltrane.

I’m so happy to be hearing this doc.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 11:59am

From: Jaime 

the documentary is beautiful. thanks for playing it.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 11:59am

From: Dave in NC 

Like N. Guinea, I’m 2 installments late to the party. This is fantastic! I can’t understand why this is only the second time it has aired. This should be more available.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 12:02pm

From: Doug 

I will do everything I can to help the producer convince those who need to be convinced to allow this documentary to be released commercially. If the opportunity to rebroadcast it for the archive ever arises, I will run again so it can be archived for posterity. Your positive comments (emailed to me, and forwarded to the producer) may be helpful in this regard.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 12:02pm

From: Adrian, London 

That wa really enjoyable.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 12:04pm

From: north guinea hills 

pure joy

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 12:05pm

From: Pamela 

I loved the singer performing the poem…

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 12:05pm

From: Greg 

Doug, you are a superior programmer. I love your show, but this Coltrane show goes beyond good disk jockeying to a major public service. I can’t believe that this has not been broadcast regularly, or is not available on CD. Thanks so much!!

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 12:08pm

From: Jeromy 

I now perhaps understand a little more why it is often uncomfortable to listen to Coltrane’s music. I adore him but there is something truly beyond music alone that is going on. This is often in conflict with or simply at odds with a more mundane intention of “listening to some tune” His voice is rich indeed. His pursuit is universal.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 12:10pm

From: Doug 

I have been dying to hear this documentary again for six years. It is a deep and sublime pleasure to be able to share it with you.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 12:12pm

From: Pamela 

OK, wait, can you give me the full name? I want to send the refernce to my brother, who will also want to hear it.

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 12:18pm

From: north guinea hills 

what jeromy said

Fri Oct. 19, 2007 12:36pm

From: Doug 

The name of the doc is “Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone.” Produced by Steve Rowland (who conducted the interviews over the course of more than 20 years) and written by Larry Abrams. For more info, go to and search for an email address for Steve Rowland.




From: Pamela 

I’m so sorry I’m going to miss the documentary. My boss boss is here today and will be in meetings all day. Get them to put it out!!! Hope you feel better.

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 9:28am

From: Parq 

Those Hawaiian tracks have me sitting here trying to remember the name of that mid-80s air staffer who had lived in Hawaii for a time and specialized in trad Hawaiian music. She had long dark hair and glasses, and was on Saturday afternoons — occupying, I think, the slot on which Rex currently is seated. Anyone?

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 9:32am

From: HotRod 

Mmm…mmm…mmm mmm..mmmm…

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 9:51am

From: Dedalus 

Tuning in for the first time from Dublin, Ireland. Loving the show in work… will listen in again for sure. Warm regards. D.

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 9:52am

From: Parq 

Doug, what kind of cap did they market to Mexican kids as a “Pancho Lopez hat”? Hey Dedalus, say hi to all at Road Records for me.

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 9:53am

From: Doug 

Hey Hey Dedalus!
Glad you’re here. Grab an oar and start rowing.


Fri Oct. 26, 2007 9:54am

From: Doug 

Parq, making it even stranger, those “Pancho Lopez” dudes were Brazilian.

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 10:09am

From: Brandon 

yup, starting Friday off with some shrooms.

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 10:09am

From: Jared 

this chjon nka catsin sounds like what i hear in my head all day long! now i dont feel so alone!

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 10:24am

From: Bad Ronald 

Mmmmmm, shrooms!

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 10:34am

From: Jared 

yeah! i needed to hear this sun ra. work was too dull without it.

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 10:46am

From: frank 

tuning in from the lowcountry, Charleston, SC. Rainy day, here, but not dreaming it away, unfortunately….

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 10:55am

From: Joe 

Doug, your show is fantastic. I’m a recent convert drawn in by the Trane doc, but I love the breadth of your playlists. Thanks from Chicago!

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 11:06am

From: Josh 

Hi Doug, thanks for all the great music over the years. Do you know of a site that has more information on the Coltrane documentary?

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 11:09am

From: Doug 

Josh, the pleasure’s mine! Your best bet for more info on the documentary is which is the site run by the doc’s producer, Steve Rowland.

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 11:11am

From: Rob 

I happen to have an office hour during this Coltrane documentary and I have loved it these past weeks. I recently read the book “The House that Trane Built” on the Impulse Records story so this is a great companion to that.
Abita Springs, LA

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 11:12am

From: ray 

Gratitude and greetings from the Waterford/Kilkenny border country. You broadcast the medicine of light.

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 11:24am

From: seanh 

Just getting deep into jazz recently, so this documentary is absolutely perfect. Absolutely brilliant, thanks doug.

Picked up Love Supreme on vinyl a couple weeks ago, along with a couple Sun Ra records, but otherwise just barely dipped my toes into the jazz pool with some downloaded albums.

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 11:31am

From: Wes 

A Love Supreme is the Coltrane album I first bought, as well. Captain Beefheart turned me on to his work. This documentary is excellent, I’ve really enjoyed it as I’ve caught pieces here and there. Please publish the entire thing, producer man!

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 11:33am

From: Sun Ra 

”weeeelllll, I was working on my space things, as usual.”

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 11:37am

From: Doug 

With my newborn daughter in my arms, I danced in the hospital to A Love Supreme. OK, gotta go. I’m starting to tear up again…

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 12:03pm

From: north guinea hills 

coltrane’s techniques and abstractions became fractals within themselves until they bifurcated and transcended all time space w/ pure love and joy

Fri Oct. 26, 2007 12:10pm

From: Brian Sanders 

Congratulations, Steve Rowland. You can hear the care & love that has gone into this doc. Just to hear all those voices; it deserves a wider audience. So…… Power to you Doug for letting us hear it.