Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, bandleader, composer, producer and founder of the independent record company, RKM Music. Since 1991, Mr. Coltrane has diligently forged an prominent career as a live performer, recording artist and producer, as well as an impressive list of credits and accomplishments.
Ravi Coltrane is the son of the legendary tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and jazz pianist Alice Coltrane. He is also cousin to experimental music producer Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus. He was raised in Los Angeles, California, and was named after sitar player Ravi Shankar. When he was still young, the family moved to Los Angeles where he began to study clarinet, eventually switching to the saxophone in high school.
Coltrane went on to attend CalArts, where he studied with Charlie Haden. In 1991, renowned drummer Elvin Jones was impressed by the young Coltrane’s emerging talent and hired him to play in his band. Coltrane has gone on to perform with a wide-ranging list of artists including McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Carlos Santana and many more. He has recorded five albums as a leader, including Moving Pictures (1998), From The Round Box (2000), Mad 6 (2002), In Flux (2005) and Blending Times (2009). He currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife, Kathleen, and their two sons.