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Overview (5)

Born in Hamlet, North Carolina, USA
Died in Huntington, Long Island, New York, USA  (liver cancer)
Birth NameJohn William Coltrane
Nickname 'Trane
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, USA as John William Coltrane. He was married to Alice Macleod. He died on July 17, 1967 in Huntington, Long Island, New York, USA.

Spouse (1)

Alice Macleod (4 August 1964 - 17 July 1967) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Intense gaze

Trivia (6)

Legendary jazz musician. Established himself by playing with jazz trumpet virtuoso Miles Davis, with whom he played from 1955-1959. Played tenor sax on Miles Davis' 1959 jazz landmark recording, "A Kind Of Blue". Has a son, Ravi Coltrane, born in 1965, who is also a jazz musician.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1980.
Father of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane.
Uncle of Flying Lotus.
Regarded as the father figure of avant-garde jazz.
Mentioned in the song "Leila" by Legião Urbana.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on his approach to performance] I start from one point and go as far as possible. But, unfortunately, I never lose my way. I 'localize', which is to say that I think always in a given space.I rarely think of the whole of a solo, and only very briefly. I always return to the small part of the solo that I was in the process of playing. The harmonies have become for me a kind of obsession.
I want to be a force for real good. In other words, I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.
Overall, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give to the listener the many wonderful things he knows of and senses in the universe ... That's what I would like to do. I think that's one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do that in some way. The musician's is through his music.
You can play a shoestring if you're sincere.

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