- Yoko Suzuki
(b Huntington, NY, Aug 6, 1965). American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, bandleader, and composer, son of john Coltrane and Alice Coltrane. Raised first on Long Island and then in the suburbs of Los Angeles, he started to play clarinet during junior high school. He quit playing for four years after his brother John Jr. died in 1982 but he resumed at the age of 21 when he switched to the saxophone and started to study jazz at the California Institute of the Arts. One of his earliest touring experiences was with his mother in Europe in 1989. After moving to New York in 1991, he performed with the drummer Elvin Jones for two years. In his early years in New York, he worked with various musicians including Geri Allen, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, Antoine Roney, and Steve Coleman, who produced Coltrane’s debut album in 1998. As a sideman, Coltrane recorded in the 1990s with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, David Murray, Ryan Kisor, Wallace Roney, Steve Coleman, Billy Childs, and Cindy Blackman, among others. One of his most notable performances was a concert in ...