Kean University’s Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall presents critically acclaimed and GRAMMY ® nominated saxophonist, band leader and composer Ravi Coltrane on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 pm.
Ravi Coltrane is a saxophonist, bandleader, composer, producer and founder of the independent record company, RKM Music. Since 1991, Mr. Coltrane has enjoyed a prominent career as a live performer, recording artist and producer. Born in Long Island, NY in 1965, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Shortly thereafter the family moved to the Los Angeles, where Ravi first began developing his own personal interest in the arts. As young man, he initially began playing clarinet and switched to saxophone in high school.
Ravi contributes to a variety of musical projects, currently producing his first record for Blue Note Records. He frequently tours the world with The Ravi Coltrane Quartet; his unique musical world-view and talents allow him to contribute to a multitude of projects.
“I want to be involved with music that is truly honest – that’s not trying to follow trends or fit into someone’s idea about what jazz ‘is,’” Coltrane said. “To me, I’m only trying to be a musician, and we honor the legacies of those who have gone before by just playing and doing our own thing. If our generation simply copycats the greats of the past, that’s not real. It’s important to be authentic and make music that means something now. It’s exciting to be on the journey.”
Tickets to Ravi Coltrane at Enlow Hall are $25 standard and can be purchased by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 908.737.SHOW (7469), online at http://enlowhall.kean.edu, or in person at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater Box Office. Enlow Recital Hall is located at 215 North Avenue in Hillside, NJ.