John Coltrane

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Date of Birth September 23, 1926
Place of Birth Hamlet, North Carolina
Date of Death Jul 17, 1967 (40)
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John Coltrane

John William Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes and was at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least fifty recording sessions and appeared on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk. Over the course of his career, Coltrane's music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. He remains one of the most influential saxophonists in music history. He received many posthumous awards, including canonization by the African Orthodox Church and a Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His second wife was pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane. Their children Ravi Coltrane, Oran Coltrane and John Coltrane Jr. are all musicians.

Birth name: John William Coltrane
Born: September 23, 1926, Hamlet, North Carolina, U.S.
Died: July 17, 1967, Huntington, New York, U.S.
Genres: Hard bop, modal jazz, free jazz, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s): Musician, composer, bandleader
Instruments: Tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, flute
Years active: 1945–1967
Labels: Prestige, Blue Note, Atlantic, Impulse!
Associated acts: Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis Quintet, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane
Website: John Coltrane's Official site
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Youtube: John Coltrane's Youtube channel
IMDb: John Coltrane's IMDb
Spotify: John Coltrane's Spotify
iTunes: John Coltrane's iTunes

About John Coltrane

Influential saxophonist and composer best known for his influence on modern jazz. He was the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

Before Fame

He joined the Navy as a young man and played in the Navy band.


As a saxophonist he received a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation and worked with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

Family Life

He married twice: To Juanita Grubbs and Alice Macleod. He had two children.


The first time he saw Charlie Parker perform, he was inspired to play.

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