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Joe Lovano w/ Joshua Redman and Ravi Coltrane

  • SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Described by DownBeat magazine as “the titan among us,” GRAMMY Award-winning saxophonist. Now an SFJAZZ resident artistic director, Joe Lovano reunites with Ravi Coltrane and tenor luminary Joshua Redman, in a collaboration inspired by the albums Lovano made with fellow tenor titans Michael Brecker, David Liebman, and Ravi Coltrane as Saxophone Summit. This unprecedented gathering of saxophone masters are joined by an incredible rhythm section including pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts.

Lovano has become the most acclaimed saxophonist and composer in modern jazz, winning a 2010 triple crown in the DownBeat Critics Poll for Jazz Artist of the Year, Tenor Saxophonist, and Jazz Group for his Us Five quintet. He had long-term collaborations with the late drummer Paul Motian and guitarist John Scofield, and has performed with innumerable jazz greats including Jim Hall, Elvin Jones, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Charlie Haden. A prolific bandleader, Lovano has released nearly 30 albums including 20 for Blue Note alone — more than any other living artist. He was a member of the SFJAZZ Collective from 2007–2009, and was a recipient of both a Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Berklee.

Joe Lovano
 tenor saxophone
Joshua Redman tenor saxophone
Ravi Coltrane tenor saxophone
Geoffrey Keezer piano
Scott Colley bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts drums

After 30 albums as a leader and at least 25 years in the spotlight, it’s clear Joe Lovano is more than a dominant figure in jazz. He’s jazz’s answer to George Clooney or Jeff Bridges, a vibrant player who delivers an award-worthy performance every time out.
— The Wall Street Journal
In the hands of this pair, the melodic intricacies of contemporary jazz and the sensuality of Cuban dance music are fused with all the casual resourcefulness that has made Lovano and Valdés jazz world leaders for decades.
— The Guardian
[On Ravi Coltrane] A heroic voice… a source of impassioned exposition.
— The New York Times
Redman has consistently explored stratospheric altitudes of ensemble interplay and improvisation.
— Billboard
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