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Ravi Coltrane Quartet at the New Hazlett Theater

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet New Hazlett Theater Pittsburgh, PA October 5, 2019 Since 2007, the Kente Arts Alliance (KAA) has worked diligently to underscore the relationship between the arts and community by providing accessible cultural programming within the city of Pittsburgh. KAA has hosted a number of elder jazz statesmen, including Hugh Masakela, Billy Harper, and Geri Allen, and next-generation voices such as James Carter, Antonio Hart, and Charenée Wade. Mensah Wali, a member of Kente's ...

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Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest

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Ornette Coleman once said that sound has no parents. But that doesn't mean we can't be its children. On that point, jazz has always been something of a parental force, connecting progenies of representation across geographic and cultural borders. Its relationship to struggle has, however, at times been overshadowed by debate. On the one hand, jazz is a space in which divisions melt away in the interest of collective expression. On the other, such idealism risks ignoring the blood of ...

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"A Love Supreme" with Ravi Coltrane

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A Love Supreme: John Coltrane Celebration SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA September 23, 2017 “It's one of his great, great records... The music and creative expression that came from John, it's overwhelming--you know, to think of what he was able to achieve with this brass tube with buttons on it." --Ravi Coltrane, as quoted by Richard Scheinin in the Mercury News It would have been his father's 91st birthday. To mark the ...

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Ravi Coltrane Live in Montreal and New York City

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Ravi Coltrane continues to evolve as an artist of remarkable depth and breadth as reflected in the diversity of contexts in which he engages. Coltrane was featured in three different musical settings at the recent (2017) jny: Montreal International Jazz Festival Invitation Series. All concerts were held at the Centre de Creativite Gesu, an intimate concert hall that seats close to 500 people and offers outstanding acoustics and excellent site lines. The sold out concerts were were given an extremely ...

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Festival International De Jazz De Montréal 2017: July 7-8

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 7-8, 2017 July 3-4 | July 5-6 | July 7-8 The final two days of the festival. Lots to hear right up to the end, including the second and third of Ravi Coltrane's Invitation concerts. July 7 Ravi Coltrane Quartet Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane brought his current quartet to his second concert in the Invitation series at Gesù: guitarist Adam ...

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet at Cornell University

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet Bailey Hall @ Cornell University Cornell Concert Series March 20, 2015 With chromatism in his very chromosomes, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has managed to cut a profile distinct from that of Father John. Nimble yet logical, he is an admirably balanced player who keeps his feet on the tightrope at all times. When he took to the main stage as part of Cornell University's 2014-15 Concert Series, he proved himself to be quite ...

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Ravi Coltrane at Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge

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Ravi Coltrane Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge Denver, CO September 26, 2014 The Ravi Coltrane quartet performed before a packed crowd at Denver's premier jazz club, Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge on September 26, 20014 at 9:00 PM. Having seen Mr. Coltrane perform there a few years ago, I eager awaited this concert, wondering if I would see the same band. The quartet was still comprised of saxophone, drums, bass, and piano, but it ...

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Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction

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It's easy to imagine the double-takes that must have occurred when introductions were being made around New York in the early 1990s. “What'd you say your last name is, son?" Let's face it, if you're walking around with the name of a God, your last name is Coltrane and your first name is not John, and you're going to play the tenor saxophone, same as your old man, people are going to want to know what that's all about.

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Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction

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The second son of John and Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane was born two years before his father's death in 1967. Despite his imposing lineage, Coltrane's steady rise to prominence in the jazz world has been anything but conspicuous; notable stints as a sideman with Steve Coleman, Elvin Jones and Wallace Roney in the mid-1990s eventually led to a series of recording sessions for RCA, Columbia and Savoy in the new millennium.Spirit Fiction, his sixth album as a ...

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Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction

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Ravi Coltrane's Blue Note debut, Spirit Fiction, presents the saxophonist in a self-created environment of formal experimentation defined by multiple conceits and constraints.Coltrane's penchant for this type of thoughtful experimentation has been consistent over his career. With Spirit Fiction, however, he has taken the approach to a new level, deploying an array of recording techniques, compositional approaches, and “process" contexts. The result is an album of great diversity and, considering its quite cerebral architecture, of surprising delicacy and ...

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Ravi Coltrane with the Geri Allen Trio at The Iridium, NYC

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Ravi Coltrane with the Geri Allen Trio The Iridium New York, NY November 21, 2009The Iridium is a major jazz club in the midtown section of New York City. As you approach the club, you can't help but be overwhelmed by the bombardment of intense streaming lights--like a laser light show emanating from adjacent Times Square. On this clear, unseasonably warm evening the club was to feature tenor saxophone icon Pharoah Sanders ...

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Ravi Coltrane: Blending Times

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By opening Blending Times with “Shine," a wonderful rubato melody by pianist Luis Perdomo, Ravi Coltrane seems to take the spotlight off of himself, making deft use of one of his most potent resources: his working band, with Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer EJ Strickland. Ever since debuting as a leader, the saxophonist has found ways to grapple with the towering legacy of his late father while also addressing creativity in the here and now. This is Coltrane's first ...


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