In 2017, I was invited a cover a myriad of events at the Red Bull Music Festival in New York City and Los Angeles. Along with interviewing the iconic music producer, Teddy Riley and legendary composer, Patrick Adams, I was called on to do a series of interviews and reviews to document the first Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda tribute concerts. Alice and John’s son, Ravi and daughter, Michelle performed in the concert series. I was very happy to cover the events and many may know that Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda is a personal hero of mine.
I was able to interview the talented vocalist, Michelle Coltrane for LA Weekly and I spoke with her for a podcast pilot I produced entitled, Surviving Music. The podcast interview I did became a buried treasure after the staff at LA Weekly changed and time just got the best of me. I think now is the perfect time to share my chat with Michelle as she opened up about her experience as a woman, the daughter of two larger-than-life jazz and spiritual music figures and how it has been hard to find her place demographically in the jazz world.
Please take a few moments to listen and enjoy the honesty and transparency of Michelle as she speaks about surviving music: