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.
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