Coltrane, Ravi (John)

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Coltrane, Ravi (John)

Coltrane, Ravi (John), jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, son of John and Alice Coltrane; b. Huntington, N.Y., Aug. 6, 1965. He started on clarinet, and began working on tenor saxophone in earnest while attending the Calif. Inst. of the Arts (1986). He was in a student band there that won a Down Beat award, and his piece “Dear Alice” a tributeto his mother, is on their CD. Since 1991, he has performed and recorded with such artists as Elvin Jones, Steve Coleman, Geri Allen, Jack Dejohnette, Joanne Brackeen, and Art Davis. His mother’s association with Terry Gibbs has been continued in his close friendship and musical association with Terry’s son, Gerry.


Moving Pictures (1997). E. Jones: Elvin Jones in Europe (1991); Going Home (1992). R. Kisor: Minor Mutiny (1991). D. Murray: MX (1992). C. Moffett: Evidence (1993). S. Coleman: Def Trance Beat (1994); Metrics (1994); The Sign and the Seal (1996); Genesis and the Opening of the Way (1997). A. Davis: A TimeRemembered (1995). B. Mseleku: Beauty of Sunrise (1995). G. Gibbs: The Thrasher (1995).

—Lewis Porter