Ravi Coltrane

Ravi Coltrane
By Jimmy Katz
Ravi Coltrane and Jeff "Tain" Watts tear it up in the Blue Note-presented Somethin' Else tent at Bonnaroo
By Cem Kurosman
Saxophone Summit, L-R: David Liebman, Joe Lovano and Ravi Coltrane
By Andrew Lepley
Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Alice Coltrane
By Jeff Dunas
Ravi Coltrane
By Jeff Dunas
Ravi Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane with his wife, Kathleen Hennessy, and William Narayan
By Aldo Mauro
Ravi Coltrane
By Bill Douthart
Ravi Coltrane
By Bill Douthart
The Blue Note 7 (L to R: Ravi Coltrane, Lewis Nash, Bill Charlap, Peter Bernstein, Nicholas Payton, Peter Washington, Steve Wilson)
By Jimmy Katz
Ravi Coltrane
By Michael Weintrob
Ravi Coltrane
By Michael Weintrob
Ravi Coltrane at Cape May Jazz Festival
Ravi Coltrane performing at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival
By Ken Franckling
Ravi Coltrane in performance at Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia
By Ben Johnson
Ravi Coltrane in performance at Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia
By Ben Johnson
Ravi Coltrane Quintet in performance at Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia
By Ben Johnson

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It must have taken a great deal of courage for Ravi Coltrane to pick up the tenor and soprano saxophones, being the son of John Coltrane. But Ravi has rarely ever sounded like his late father (who passed away when Ravi was two) and has carved out his own place in the music. Born in New York in 1965, Ravi (who was named after Ravi Shankar) was raised by his mother Alice Coltrane, who taught him music but did not push him to adopt it as his career. Ravi took his time and was in his early twenties before he began seriously performing, studying in 1986 at the California Institute of the Arts. He worked with Elvin Jones, Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Rashied Ali, Wallace Roney, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Joanne Brackeen and Branford Marsalis.

Coltrane appeared on over 30 recordings as a sideman before he finally made his first CD as a leader, Moving Pictures, in 1998, when he was already 33. At that point in time, Coltrane sounded closer to Branford Marsalis than to John Coltrane, and he was judged on his own merit. He has since grown from year to year to become more original and a vital force on his instruments, as he shows on such recordings as From the Round Box, Mad 6 and In Flux. Ravi helped persuade his mother to come out of retirement and he produced (and played on) her last recording, Translinear Light. In 2002, Ravi Coltrane founded RKM Music and has since produced several recordings by other artists, in addition to working regularly with his own group.


Articles on Ravi Coltrane

02/07/16    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

Review: The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 2016

11/16/14    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Ravi Coltrane to Perform “A Love Supreme” in San Francisco

04/05/14    Before & After    By Ashley Kahn

Before and After with Ravi Coltrane

02/03/14    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane Quintet to Play Baltimore

09/09/13    Concerts    By Mike Shanley

Review: The 34th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

09/03/12    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

Spirit Fiction
Ravi Coltrane

05/16/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Ravi Coltrane Announces Extensive Tour

04/06/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Ravi Coltrane to Release ‘Spirit Fiction’ June 19

01/26/12    Concerts    By Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.

Ravi Coltrane Quintet: Live at Zellerback Theatre on 1/14/12

09/22/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

“John Coltrane Radio” Launches on SiriusXM

12/17/09    Concerts    By Lee Mergner

Cape May Jazz Festival - Fall

10/05/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Cape May Jazz Festival Up for the Count

04/13/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New Documentary Explores Contemporary Jazz

April 2009    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records
The Blue Note 7

April 2009    JT Notes    By Jeff Tamarkin

Notes From Underground

March 2009    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Ravi Coltrane: Digging Deeper

March 2009    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Blending Times
Ravi Coltrane

January/February 2009    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Blue Note Records' Blue Note 7: The Magnificent Seven

October 2008    Cadenza    By Gary Giddins

Summer Nights

June 2008    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Seraphic Light
Saxophone Summit

September 2007    News    By Mark Guarino

Bonnaroo Music Festival: Hippie Jazz

07/17/06    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Bohemia Jazz Fest 2006

02/28/06    By Doug Ramsey

Concerts — May 2006

11/16/05    Concerts    By Harvey Siders

Tranquility Jazz Festival 2005

11/08/05    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Earshot Jazz Festival 2005

05/10/05    Concerts    By

St. Lucia Jazz Festival 2005

05/09/05    Concerts    By Geraldine Wyckoff

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2005

April 2005    Albums    By David R. Adler

In Flux
Ravi Coltrane

April 2005    Albums    By David R. Adler

In Flux
Ravi Coltrane

March 2005    At Home    By Nate Chinen

Ravi Coltrane

06/12/03    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Tisziji Muñoz & Friends Live in New York

May 2003    Albums    By Nate Chinen

Mad 6
Ravi Coltrane

03/23/03    Concerts    By Ira Gitler

Marian McPartland's 85th Birthday Celebration

11/14/02    Concerts    By Daniel King

Ravi and Alice Coltrane Live in New York

December 2001    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Family Jazz

September 2000    Albums    By Peter Margasak

From the Round Box
Ravi Coltrane

June 1998    Features    By Tom Terrell

Ravi Coltrane: Son & Reign



From the Round Box

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Mad 6

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In Flux


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