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Universal Consciousness – SOLD OUT

A Tribute to Alice Coltrane under the musical direction of Ravi Coltrane w/Pharaoh Sanders

February 27, 2016 | 7:00 pm

- $29 – $59
Newmark Theatre

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Over the course of his 20 plus year career, Grammy®-Award winning saxophonist, bandleader and composer Ravi Coltrane has worked as a sideman for greats like McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Elvin Jones, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and Flying Lotus. Besides playing with these legends he has also released six albums as a leader.  His latest on Blue Note, Spirit Fiction, featured a strong cast of familiar collaborators including Joe Lovano, Eric Harland, and Geri Allen. Just over a decade ago Ravi lovingly paid tribute to his mom, producing and playing with her on Translinear Light. A number of concerts ensued, which serves as the inspiration for his 2016 festival program titled Universal Consciousness. He’ll also pay tribute to his father as guest soloist with the Africa Brass Ensemble under the direction of Charles Gray and featuring the Orrin Evans Trio.  He also leads the effort to restore the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island and presides over important reissues of his parent’s recordings including the newly restored A Love Supreme; The Complete Masters.

Special guest Pharoah Sanders rose to prominence playing and recording with John and Alice Coltrane after getting his start with Sun Ra in 1961. After recording on Ascension and eight other seminal releases with Coltrane, Sanders worked extensively with Alice Coltrane, playing on albums such as Journey in Satchidananda; Ptah, the El Daoud; and Cosmic Music. Sanders, “the most interesting jazz man in the world”, has played with Santana, John Lee Hooker, Bill Laswell, McCoy Tyner, Gary Bartz, and Ornette Coleman as well. Sanders last performed in Portland at the 2010 Jazz Festival to an enthusiastic sold out audience. The Grammy® Award-winner was recently selected for the 2016 NEA Jazz Master award.