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John Coltrane

Also known as

John Coltraine, Trane, John William Coltrane, Coltrane, John

Musical genres

Jazz, Hard bop, Avant-garde jazz, Bebop, Modal jazz, Post-bop, Free jazz

John William Coltrane (also known as "Trane"; September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967) 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 in jazz and later was at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his recording career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.
As his career progressed, Coltrane and his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. His second wife was pianist Alice Coltrane, and their son Ravi Coltrane is also a saxophonist. Coltrane influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant tenor saxophonists in jazz history. He received many posthumous awards and recognitions, including canonization by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane. In 2007, Coltrane was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz."
John Coltrane was born in Hamlet, North Carolina on September 23, 1926, and grew up in High Point,

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  • John Coltrane Quartet
  • Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
  • Tadd Dameron & John Coltrane
  • Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
  • Cannonball Adderley & John Coltrane
  • John Coltrane & Archie Shepp
  • Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane
  • The John Coltrane Sextet
  • Miles Davis Quintet
  • John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
  • Miles Davis & John Coltrane
  • Red Garland Quintet
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