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erely mention the name John Coltrane and you’re likely to evoke a deeply emotional, often spiritual response from even the most casual jazz fan.

BORN SEPTEMBER 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, John Coltrane was always surrounded by mu-sic. His father played several instruments sparking Col-trane’s study of E-flat horn and clarinet. While in high school, Coltrane’s musical influences shifted to the

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Mlikes of Lester Young and Johnny Hodges prompting him to switch to alto saxo-phone. He continued his musical training in Philadel-phia at Granoff Studios and the Ornstein School of Mu-sic. He was called to military service during WWII, where he performed in the U.S. Navy Band in Hawaii.

AFTER THE WAR, COL-TRANE began playing tenor saxophone with the Eddie “CleanHead” Vinson Band, and was later quoted as saying, “A wider area of listening opened up for me. There were many things

that people like Hawk, and Ben and Tab Smith were do-ing in the ‘40’s that I didn’t understand, but that I felt emotionally.”

Prior to joining the Dizzy Gillespie band, Coltrane performed with Jimmy Heath where his passion for experimentation began to take shape. However, it was his work with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1958 that would lead to his own musi-cal evolution. “ Miles music gave me plenty of freedom,” he once said. During that period, he became known for using the three-on-one


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instrument to create posi-tive thought patterns in the minds of people.

In 1967, liver disease took Coltrane’s life leaving many to wonder what might have been.

Yet decades after his depar-ture his music can be heard in motion pictures, on tele-vision and radio. Recent film projects that have made references to Coltrane’s art-istry in dialogue or musical compositions include, “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, “The Gen-eral’s Daughter”, “Malcolm X”, “Mo Better Blues”, “Jerry McGuire”, “White Night”, “The Last Graduation”, “Come Unto Thee”, “Eyes On The Prize II” and “Four Lit-tle Girls”. Also, popular tel-evision series such as “NYPD Blue”, “The Cosby Show”, “Day’s Of Our Lives”, “Crime Stories” and “ER”.

In 1972, “A Love Supreme”

was certified gold by the RIAA for exceeding 500,000 units in Japan. This jazz clas-sic and the classic album “My Favorite Things” were certified gold in the United States in 2001.

In 1982, the RIAA post-humously awarded John Coltrane a Grammy Award of “ Best Jazz Solo Perfor-mance” for the work on his album, “Bye Bye Blackbird”. In 1997 he received the or-ganizations highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

On June 18, 1993 Mrs. Alice Coltrane received an invi-tation to The White House from former President and Mrs. Clinton, in apprecia-tion of John Coltrane’s his-torical appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival.


chord approach, and what has been called the ‘sheets of sound,’ a method of play-ing multiple notes at one time.

BY 1960 COLTRANE HAD formed his own quartet which included pianist Mc-Coy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Eventually adding players like Eric Dolphy, and Pharoah Sanders. The John Coltrane Quartet created some of the most innova-tive and expressive music in Jazz history including the hit albums: “My Favorite Things,” “Africa Brass,” “ Im-pressions,” “ Giant Steps,” and his monumental work “A Love Supreme” which attests to the power, glory, love, and greatness of God.

ZZ COLTRANE FELT WE MUST all make a con-scious effort to effect posi-tive change in the world, and that his music was an


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“ Creo que la mayoría de los músicos están interesados

en la verdad”


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