Drummer Jack DeJohnette, 73, has played on more ECM records than any other musician. Why, then, is the 'In Movement' ECM debut of his new trio with tenor/soprano/sopranino saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and electric bassist/electronics master Matthew Garrison major jazz news?
This year is a speical celebration for the annual Portland Jazz Festival. For ten days, February 18th to the 28th, the festival is proud to honor legendary saxophonist John Coltrane on his 90th birthday. With a full slate of honored guests in 100 plus events at a dozen different venues, the organizers will pay tribute to one of Jazz's greatest innovators, with the help of Mr. Coltrane's son Ravi as well.
Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders has been added to the PDX Jazz Festival program, an annual gala held in Portland. Sanders will use his time to help pay tribute to Mr. John Coltrane at the festival, which will be held from Feb. 18-28 in the booming Oregon city.
Last week, the Monterey Jazz Festival announced a 17 city, 28 concert U.S. tour featuring a band composed of some of modern jazz's most lauded players. The band for this tour includes musical director Gerald Clayton on piano, Ravi Coltrane on tenor and soprano saxophones, Nicholas Payton on trumpet and others to help round out the group.
For some listeners, the iconic John Coltrane album "A Love Supreme" is a masterwork of the jazz genre. John's son Ravi felt that it was like "when planets align," to be specific. Thus, Ravi Coltrane announced that he will lead a five-night gala Dec. 10-14 to celebrate the album, and all are welcome to attend. Starting Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco, Ravi Coltrane, 49, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his father's idyllic composition. With a little help from his friends like saxophonists Joe Lovano and Steve Coleman, pianist Geri Allen, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Matthew Garrison, the Turtule Island Quartet and more, the event should be most resounding.
Just listen to drummer Craig Weinrib, bassist Hans Glawischnig and Trane II on tenor cover trumpeter Ralph Alessi's "Who Wants Ice Cream?" at pianist James Carney's Konceptions Music Series--two sets every Tuesday night--at Korzo in Brooklyn's South Slope.