Ravi Coltrane with brandee younger
Saturday, September 29, 11:00PM-Midnight
Drawing from his larger septet project titled Universal Consciousness: Melodic Meditations of Alice Coltrane, RAVI COLTRANE brings a special quartet featuring harpist BRANDEE YOUNGER to perform in the spectacular setting of the Rockefeller Chapel.
RAVI COLTRANE is a critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty-plus-year career, Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many; recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others; and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.
Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles, where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi. It was, in fact, Ravi who encouraged Alice to return to performing and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on his mother’s powerful Translinear Light, which was released in 2004.
As a leader, Coltrane has released six albums. His latest, Spirit Fiction, was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances and recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, and others. He is a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.
Coltrane lives in Brooklyn, NY and maintains a fast-paced touring, recording, composing, and performance schedule. He leads the effort to restore the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island, and presides over important reissues of his parents’ recordings.
A fearless and versatile talent, harpist BRANDEE YOUNGER defies genres and labels as a classically trained musician playing in the avant-garde tradition of her sonically forward predecessors Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. You can read her full bio here.
The musicians include: RAVI COLTRANE (saxophone); BRANDEE YOUNGER (harp); RASHAAN CARTER (bass); JOHNATHAN BLAKE (drums).