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John Coltrane

Jazz Musician John Coltrane

Profession: Jazz Musician

United States of America

Biography: Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, he helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.

Born: September 23, 1926
Birthplace: Hamlet, North Carolina, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Libra

Died: July 17, 1967 (aged 40)
Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Married Life

  • 1964-08-04 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds jazz harpist and pianist Alice Macleod

Historical Events

  • 1963-03-07 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman recorded their self-titled album "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman" at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • 1964-12-09 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • 2015-04-17 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board