A Night of Celebrating a Family Legacy
On September 30th, jazz lovers will gather at Rockwell Hall on the campus of Buffalo State University, for a night that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. The occasion? The annual Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective Coltrane Celebration, this year, holds even more significance. The event coincides with what would have been the 97th birthday (born on September 23, 1926) of the iconic jazz saxophonist, John Coltrane. To make the celebration even more special, John Coltrane’s son, Ravi Coltrane, will take the stage to pay a heartfelt tribute to his father’s enduring musical legacy.
This year’s Coltrane Celebration is poised to be a remarkable evening, with Ravi Coltrane headlining the event. Ravi, an acclaimed 3-time Grammy® Nominee saxophonist in his own right, has always embraced his father’s musical heritage while carving out his distinct path in the world of jazz. He received nominations three times for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “In Movement” in 2016, “Cross Roads” in 2012, and “Away” in 2005.
For jazz enthusiasts and admirers of John Coltrane’s legendary place as one of the pillars of jazz, this event is a unique opportunity to experience his music through the lens of his talented son. Ravi Coltrane’s performance promises to be a heartfelt journey through his father’s timeless compositions, and his own outstanding compositions and arrangements as found on his albums
Ravi’s ability to capture the essence of his father’s music while infusing it with his own artistic expression has earned him recognition and admiration from both critics and fans. His performances are marked by a deep emotional connection to the music, and his saxophone prowess is nothing short of captivating.
As the evening unfolds, attendees can expect more than just exceptional music. Ravi Coltrane represents a bridge and an intimate glimpse into the life and artistry of one of the most influential figures in jazz history. Shared stories and the familial connection add a layer of depth as well as anticipation to the upcoming performance.
The Coltrane Celebration will undoubtedly bring people together in shared appreciation for this remarkable family’s contributions to jazz. It’s a night where jazz followers, from every generation, can come together to celebrate the enduring legacy of John Coltrane and witness the evolution of the Coltrane musical tradition through Ravi’s inspired interpretations.
The Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective Coltrane Celebration from September 28th to September 30th is a not-to-be-missed event for jazz aficionados and anyone who appreciates the endurance of Coltrane’s profound impact on the genre. It’s a celebration of John Coltrane’s birthday and extraordinary contributions to jazz, made all the more special by the presence of his son, Ravi Coltrane.
Ravi Coltrane’s performance promises to be a heartfelt and soul-stirring tribute to his father’s music and legacy. So mark your calendars and get yourself there to experience the magic of the Coltrane Celebration on September 30th—an event that will undoubtedly be one of the more memorable ones in the history of the annual Coltrane Celebration.
For more information and tickets to the Coltrane Celebration taking place from September 28-30, visit the Burchfield Penney Art Center online link at The John Coltrane Birthday Celebration 2023