Why Famous: 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.
- 1964-08-04 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds Alice Macleod
- 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