And if you did talk about papa Coltrane, how did he handle that? I'm sure he gets a million questions a day about his father, and that would annoy me after a while.
He was actually very cool about it. Talked about it like it was one of the first times he was asked. I didn't have time to ask him a million things because there was a line behind me waiting to talk to him so I just asked him if he still played his dad's music a lot, or if he tried to get away from that (meaning, create his own image). Now, I don't know too much about Ravi Coltrane, for all I know he has a cd out of nothing but his dad's music, but he simply told me that, "music is music." Then he went on to tell me the other day (this was at a Jazz Camp for Adults and he was the guest artists) with one of the groups he did Giant Steps.
I think he realizes obviously the importance his father had on the Jazz realm not only with his playing but also with his own pieces (Giant Steps, Blue Trane, etc.) so he has no problem playing them. He had a very simple explanation for it all, "music is music."
I also very briefly got talking about if he played with McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and the rest of his Dad's bandmates and he hasn't for awhile, in fact he's been with his band for a long time now, but I think he did sorta start out gigging with Elvin Jones, and then later did some stuff with McCoy Tyner, but now has his own dedicated group.
I also asked him if he played with his parents when he was a kid. Now, I immediately found out his Dad died while he was still a baby (I wasn't totally sure about that, that's why I didn't limit it to his mom) but he did say he played a lot with him mom while he was younger.
All in all he was very cool about it and signed autographs and for whomever asked.
Real Quick Note: They had a concert the night before this Masterclass and without telling him (because they started a bit early or caught the sound guy off guard so they weren't able to check with him) they recorded the concert. Now, when I was there at the masterclass, the camp directors obviously told him, but they seemed a bit timid to do so haha. Didn't want to **** him off I guess. But he was really cool about it, wasn't mad, and just said he'll give it a listen and then see if it was worth keeping.
I liked him a lot. He was very friendly. Didn't come off to be rude or anything like that in the slightest. Smiled the whole time. Much different than the time I met Lenny Pickett, who I remember for completely different reasons.