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Ravi Coltrane Photo by Michael WeintrobBorn into jazz royalty as the son of John and Alice Coltrane, Grammy-nominated saxophonist, bandleader and composer Ravi Coltrane has claimed his own rightful territory, creating work The New York Times has called “what jazz sounds like now.”

Joining the 2011 University of Nevada, Reno Jazz Festival in concert, the Ravi Coltrane Quartet brings its groundbreaking presence to town for an encore performance Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Lawlor Events Center. The Festival opens Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Nightingale Concert Hall with another Grammy-nominated jazz dynamo, percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington performing with the University’s stellar faculty jazz ensemble, The Collective.

Named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar, Coltrane has been immersed in the world of impeccable musicianship literally from day one. Schooled first as a clarinetist, he switched to the saxophone in high school and went on to study at the California Institute of the Arts. Coltrane has played and recorded alongside such leaders of American jazz and pop as Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and scores of other superstars.

Coltrane’s credits include appearances on more than 30 recordings as a sideman, as well as his own critically acclaimed albums as a leader. In 2004 he also produced his mother’s return to recording after a 26-year hiatus, featuring an all-star ensemble including Ravi, his brother Oran, Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, James Genus and Jeff Watts. He also tours the world – and arrives in Reno April 7-  with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, whose members include pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland.

Terri Lyne CarringtonGrammy-nominated drummer, composer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington began her music career as a young prodigy, learning percussion at age 7 on a set of drums belonging to her grandfather Matt Carrington, who had played with Fats Waller and Chuck Berry. She received a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music at age 11 and has since toured and recorded with such luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Diana Krall, Diane Schuur and Herbie Hancock, on whose Grammy-winning album “Gershwin’s World” she performed alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.

Carrington has also performed as the house drummer on the Arsenio Hall Show. More recently, she returned to Berklee as a professor after being granted an honorary doctorate from her alma mater in 2003. In addition to her wide-ranging recording projects and award-winning production credits, Carrington is artistic director of the Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston. She has also received the NAJE Young Talent Award, the IAJE Award for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education, the Eubie Blake Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the City of Boston, and numerous other national kudos for her professional contributions to jazz.

The finest jazz educators and musicians on the planet travel to the University of Nevada, Reno each spring to perform and teach at the Reno Jazz Festival and this year is no exception. In addition to evening concerts by world-renowned guest artists, the Reno Jazz Festival also offers daytime competitions, workshops and clinics by scores of professional jazz artists and adjudicators for more than 9,000 young jazz musicians from throughout the West. The three-day festival culminates in a showcase concert and awards ceremony Saturday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center, to honor the best and brightest young standouts.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Individual tickets for Terri Lyne Carrington and The Collective, April 7: General $20/Senior $17/Student $10. The Terri Lyne Carrington and The Collective performance is also included in the festival’s Jazz Fan Pass (preferred seating), which provides entry to all festival events April 7-9: General $60/Senior $50.

Individual tickets for the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, April 8: General $24/Senior $21/Student $15. The Ravi Coltrane Quartet performance is also included in the festival’s Jazz Fan Pass (preferred seating), which provides entry to all festival events April 7-9: General $60/Senior $50.

Individual tickets for the Reno Jazz Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony, April 9: General $15/Senior $12/Student $8. The Reno Jazz Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony is also included in the festival’s Jazz Fan Pass (preferred seating), which provides entry to all festival events April 7-9: General $60/Senior $50.

To purchase the Jazz Fan Pass, call Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, (775) 784-4046 or 1-800-233-8928, email jazz@unr.edu or visit http://www.unr.edu/rjf

To purchase individual tickets in advance (with a convenience fee), visit the Reno Jazz Festival website at http://www.unr.edu/rjfor call 1-800-225-2277. Tickets may also be purchased in person (without a convenience fee) on the University of Nevada, Reno campus at the Lawlor Events Center box office, open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. If the concert is not sold out, tickets may also be purchased at the door the evening of each performance.

For more information about the Reno Jazz Festival, call (775) 784-4ART or visit http://www.unr.edu/rjf 

-Andrea Turman

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