Grammy-nominated saxophonist, bandleader, record producer and composer Ravi Coltrane will appear as part of the Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series program, LIVE! at StarScape, on Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m. in the Lane University Center’s Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.
Coltrane has created a first-class reputation within the jazz community. The son of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane and pianist Alice Coltrane, he has worked alongside jazz and pop icons, including McCoy Tyner, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, as well as contemporaries Branford Marsalis, Kenny Barron and Joe Lovano. His longtime quartet includes pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland. Led by Coltrane's scorching saxophone, they have set themselves apart as one of the most electrifying groups performing on the current jazz scene, offering a signature sound guaranteed to delight listeners.
“I want to be involved with music that is truly honest – that’s not trying to follow trends or fit into someone’s idea about what jazz ‘is,’” says Coltrane. “To me, I’m only trying to be a musician, and we honor the legacies of those who have gone before by just playing and doing our own thing. If our generation simply copycats the greats of the past, that’s not real. It’s important to be authentic and make music that means something now. It’s exciting to be on the journey.”
Community members will have the opportunity to meet Coltrane during a free interactive session presented as part of CES’ educational program, Arts for Enrichment. The session, during which Coltrane will discuss his career in the music industry, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for youth under 17. Corporate and group discount rates are also available.
For more information, contact the CES box office at 301-687-3137 or visit CES’s website at ces.frostburg.edu.
This event is sponsored by Urology Associates.
This tour engagement of Ravi Coltrane is funded through the American Masterpieces program of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Maryland State Arts Council. CES is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from MSAC and is supported by a grant from MSAC, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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