Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (photo courtesy of Mr. Coltrane).
The Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series will continue its 2017-2018 season with an exciting double bill featuring the Ravi Coltrane Quartet and Trio Beyond at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 17. Chicago native and Grammy Award-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield and keyboardist Larry Goldings will join forces in the all-star Trio Beyond, following an opening set by renowned saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane.
The son of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane subverts the straight-ahead context of the classic quartet setting to perform imaginative interpretations of jazz standards and original compositions from his 20-year recording career. Performing with Coltrane will be Orrin Evans on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. Jazz supergroup Trio Beyond, composed of dynamic organist Larry Goldings, Grammy-nominated guitarist John Scofield, and NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette, will present a set of jazz-rock drawn from their live-for-ECM album, Saudades. Formed as a tribute to legendary rock drummer Tony Williams and his milestone group Lifetime, Trio Beyond takes the repertoire of the original group as a point of departure, presenting a mix of powerhouse compositions by original Lifetime members and jazz standards branded with the trio’s unique sonic stamp.
Ravi Coltrane has forged a career as a jazz saxophonist, bandleader and composer, earning him Grammy nominations and critical acclaim. Since working his way from sideman to frontman, Coltrane has released six albums as a leader, including Mad 6 (2003) and Spirit Fiction (2012). He is a 2017 Grammy nominee for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and can be heard on Jack DeJohnette’s album In Movement, released in 2016.
In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in jazz, NEA and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established a reputation as one of jazz’s most inventive percussionists. The Chicago native’s versatility allows room for hard bop, rhythm and blues, and world music, among other genres.
Tickets for all Symphony Center Presents Jazz series concerts can be purchased by phone at 800-223-7114 or 312-294-3000; online at cso.org, or at the Symphony Center box office: 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604.