Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane, visited Webster University Jan. 19 to speak with music students.
Coltrane, who was in town to perform at Jazz at the Bistro in downtown St. Louis, has put his long-running quartet, featuring pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland, on hiatus.
“That group is still in existence, as it has been since 2003,” explained Coltrane, “but we’re taking a little time off this year. I’m trying to explore some different possibilities, form different groups, and change the repertoire up a little bit.”
At the Bistro, Coltrane was joined by a band featuring guitarist David Gilmore, who he first met in the 1990s when both were associated with saxophonist Steve Coleman’s M-Base collective.
Coltrane has a new record coming out later this year, his first since 2009′s Blending Times and the first release under his new contract with the famed Blue Note label. The album is set for release in June.