Ravi Coltrane

Ravi Coltrane

McCoy Tyner (left) and Ravi Coltrane performing at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 13, 2005
Background information
Born (1965-08-06) August 6, 1965
Origin Long Island, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, post bop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, bandleader, record producer
Instruments Tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet
Years active 1991–present
Labels Warner Bros., RCA, Sony, Savoy Jazz, Blue Note
Website www.ravicoltrane.com

Ravi Coltrane (born August 6, 1965 in Long Island, New York) is an American post-bop jazz saxophonist. Co-owner of the record label RKM Music, he has produced artists such as pianist Luis Perdomo, guitarist David Gilmore, and trumpeter Ralph Alessi.[1]


Ravi Coltrane is the son of saxophonist John Coltrane and jazz pianist Alice Coltrane. He is also a cousin of experimental music producer Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus. He was raised in Los Angeles, California, and was named after sitar player Ravi Shankar. Coltrane was not yet two years old in 1967 when his father died.

He is a 1983 graduate of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. In 1986, he studied music, focusing on the saxophone at the California Institute of the Arts. He has worked extensively with M-Base guru Steve Coleman, a significant influence on Coltrane's own musical conception. Coltrane has played with Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Branford Marsalis and others.

In 1997, after performing on over thirty recordings as a sideman, Coltrane recorded his first album as leader Moving Pictures, working with drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, bassist Lonnie Plaxico and pianist Michael Cain. This led to extensive touring with his working band, featuring Andy Milne on piano, drummer Steve Hass, and bassist Lonnie Plaxico. Coltrane's second disc, From the Round Box (2000), was recorded with pianist Geri Allen, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist James Genus, and drummer Eric Harland. Mad 6 (2002), Coltrane's first release for Sony music, featured drummer Steve Hass, pianist George Colligan, and bassist James Genus. In Flux (2005) included bassist Drew Gress, pianist Luis Perdomo, and drummer E.J. Strickland.

In January 2005, Coltrane performed in India for the first time as part of a delegation of American jazz musicians sent on a State Department tour to promote HIV/AIDS awareness. Also participating were vocalist Al Jarreau, guitarist Earl Klugh, and pianist George Duke. Performances included a January 16 concert in Mumbai (Bombay), a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in Delhi on January 17, and a music festival in Delhi on January 18 organized by violinist L. Subramaniam. Also on January 18, Coltrane performed at the Coltrane Shankar Centre, where Coltrane met with the man he was named after. Picking up a clarinet to engage in an unplanned jam session with a pair of shehnai players, Coltrane said, "I'm a little nervous with the master here."[2]

The Coltrane Quartet played at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2001 and 2013, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival in 2004, and the Vienne Jazz Festival in 2005.

In 2008, Coltrane became part of the Blue Note 7, a septet formed that year in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. The group recorded an album in 2008, entitled Mosaic, which was released in 2009 on Blue Note Records/EMI, and toured the United States in promotion of the album from January until April 2009.[3] The group plays the music of Blue Note Records from various artists, with arrangements by members of the band and Renee Rosnes.



As leader

In group collaboration

As sideman

With Elvin Jones

With David Murray

With Ryan Kisor

With Wallace Roney

With Steve Coleman

With Art Davis

With Dave Douglas

With Billy Childs

With Bheki Mseleku

With Yosuke Yamashita

With Gerry Gibbs

With Cindy Blackman

With Tisziji Muñoz

With David Gilmore

With Andrei Kondakov

With Jeff "Tain" Watts

With Scott Coley

With Alice Coltrane

With Luis Perdomo

With Flying Lotus


With Bob Thiele Collective

With Glenn Zaleski


  1. "RKM Music". All About Jazz. 2003-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  2. Lavezzoli, Peter. The Dawn of Indian Music in the West, Continuum International Publishing Group, page 293, (2006) - ISBN 0-8264-1815-5
  3. "The Blue Note 7 Celebrates 70 Years of Blue Note Records With Album Release and 50+ City North American Tour". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2011-10-18.

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