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Masters Jazz Series at Hamilton Stage with Luis Perdomo and Ravi Coltrane

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Venezuelan piano master Luis Perdomo teams up with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of legendary jazz innovators John and Alice Coltrane, to present an evening of virtuoso jazz at Rahway’s Hamilton Stage on Friday, Mar. 14 as part of the RSI Bank Masters on Masters Jazz Series.

The 8:00 p.m. show takes place at the intimate 199-seat Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, in the heart of the colorful Rahway Arts District, a diverse hub of arts performance/arts education activity.

$25 general admission tickets are available online at www.ucpac.org, by calling (732) 499-8226, or visiting the UCPAC box office, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway.

Ravi Coltrane’s father, John Coltrane (1926-1967), was among a dozen stellar performer/composers whose musical innovations transformed the jazz idiom in the 20th century. Ravi’s mother, Alice Coltrane (1937-2007), was a noted pianist, organist and one of the few harpists to play jazz.Ravi was only two when his father died, and he discovered his jazz inheritance on his own. In his teen years Ravi aimed at becoming a filmmaker or photographer. But he played the clarinet in his school marching band, and music (his aunt is Motown songwriter Marilyn McLeod) was always around.

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Luis Perdomo grew up in a home filled with music from around the globe. Alongside salsa, Latin, R&B and classical, Luis heard jazz greats like Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson, two of his earliest and most important musical influences. By age 12, Luis was making regular professional appearances on Venezuelan TV and radio.

The RSI Bank Masters on Masters Jazz Series is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and RSI Bank of Rahway and will feature a roundtable interview with Coltrane and Perdomo led by WBGO-FM Jazz Radio 88.3 deejay Gary Walker. The roundtable and concert will be recorded for the Jazz Oral History Archives at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

The series was put together by Rahway resident Jim Luce, a Peabody Award­winning radio producer with NPR and founder/artistic director of the world-renowned Caramoor Jazz Festival in Katonah, New York, Downtown Los Angeles Piano Festival, Monk at 96, Texas Jazz and Blues Greats.

“Their recording/performing credits with major jazz figures are endless; their absolute command of their instruments will take you on an adventure you'll never expect,” says Luce. “Having Luis and Ravi perform in Rahway in a relaxed theatrical setting is a genuine treat for jazz lovers.”

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