Ever since he first picked up a saxophone, the inventive musician Ravi Coltrane has dutifully fulfilled constant requests to perform the music of his famous father, John Coltrane. These past few years, though, one thing has changed: he's now asked to also perform compositions from his mother, Alice Coltrane, the deeply spiritual harpist, pianist and singer whose music has recently undergone a widespread and welcome cultural reappraisal. Over four nights (and a Sunday matinee), Coltrane mines his ancestry in ways he's never done before, exploring solo and collaborative work by both parents.
Ravi Coltrane performs Thursday–Sunday, Nov. 4–7, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. Details here.