Schiff base ligand and its complex with iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni) and copper (Cu) ions were synthesized using 4-aminoacetophenone and salicylaldehyde and characterized. FTIR spectrum shows that bidentate coordination of metal ions with ligand where O, N are electron donating sites of azomethine group. The geometry of the complexeswas deduced from the calculated magnetic moment values and SCXRD analysis. All Complexes were studied for their catalytic activity in Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling reaction with Cu–L complex showing excellent coupling yield among others. The catalytic activity data show promising results in coupling efficiency, employing cheap, abundant and green metals.