The saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has carved out a long, probing career that proudly stands apart from those of his parents, Alice and John. But there’s no denying their outsize influence on his life and musicianship. John died in 1967, when Ravi was not yet two years old, leaving Alice to raise him.
“I would say first and foremost she played music in the house every day,” he told NPR. “And I’d come home from school and she’d be at the piano or the organ you know playing these quiet sort of hymns.”
Ravi honored his mother in concert earlier this year, and on Tuesday, July 18th and Wednesday, July 19th at The Jazz Gallery, Ravi will pay tribute once again in “Universal Consciousness: Melodic Meditations Of Alice Coltrane.” The shows are named after Alice’s revered 1971 album “Universal Consciousness,” which features her swirling harp and organ solos over modal grooves from Jack DeJohnette, Jimmy Garrison and others. For these shows, he’s enlisted a top notch team of players to conjure new possibilities from Alice’s music, including Brandee Younger on harp and David Virelles on organ, as well as swirling percussive sounds from the likes of Johnathan Blake, Marcus Gilmore, Eric McPherson, and Roman Diaz. It’s sure to be a mystical and highly personal affair. Before coming to the Gallery to hear these melodic meditations, check out Coltrane and his home-base quartet playing the famed NPR Tiny Desk.
Ravi Coltrane presents “Universal Consciousness: Melodic Meditations of Alice Coltrane” at The Jazz Gallery on Tuesday, July 18th, and Wednesday, July 19th, 2017. On the 18th, Mr. Coltrane will be joined by Brandee Younger on harp, David Virelles on Wurlitzer organ, Rashaan Carter on bass, Johnathan Blake on drums, and Roman Diaz on percussion. On the 19th, Coltrane will be joined by David Virelles on Wurlitzer organ, Rashaan Carter on bass, Eric McPherson on drums, Marcus Gilmore on drums, and Roman Diaz on percussion. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. each night. $25 general admission ($15 for members), $30 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. SummerPass is not available for this show. Purchase tickets here.