February 17, 2014 Happenings In the News
Ravi Coltrane Quartets at Jazz Standard This Week

Ravi Coltrane leads six nights at the Jazz Standard in NoMad, NY

Ravi Coltrane heads up six consecutive nights at the Jazz Standard. The celebrated jazz saxophonist will lead four different quartets over the course of his residency. The idea is to combine different collaborators every few nights to help keep the music, which will be largely improvised, spontaneous and exciting for both performers and audience.

Tuesday and Wednesday’s sets will feature Gabi Lehavi on piano, Drew Gress on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Thursday’s quartet will consist of Adam Roger on guitar, Scott Colley on bass, and Nate Smith on drums. Friday’s quartet includes Colley and Smith, but with David Gilmore on guitar instead of Roger. Trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist Robert Hurst and drummer Kush Abadey will take the stage Saturday and Sunday to finish out the series.

While Coltrane’s family’s musical legacy is well known (he is the son of John and Alice Coltrane), he’s earned his role as one of the forefront improvisers over the past few decades, performing both his own work and playing as a sideman with jazz greats Geri Allen, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock and Stanley Clarke. Coltrane’s latest album, “Spirit Fiction,” was released to rave reviews and earned him a Grammy nomination.

The Coltrane Quartets will play two sets a night (7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) with an additional set at 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sets on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday are $25 a person, and Friday and Saturday’s shows are $30 a person.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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