John Coltrane

John Coltrane

He pushed the boundries of jazz.

Founded

September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina

Full Name

Date of Birth

September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina

Still Alive

Date of Death

July 17, 1967 in Huntington, New York

Influenced By

Dennis Sandole, Hasaan Ibn Ali, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster,  Ravi Shankar, Michael Babatunde Olatunji

Later Influenced

Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Gato Barbieri, Pharoah Sanders

Album cover for Blue Train released January 1958 on Blue Note Records
Album cover for Blue Train released January 1958 on Blue Note Records

About The artist

“By the time A Love Supreme hit, Trane struck such a spiritual chord in so many listeners that people started to think of him as being beyond human. I think that’s unfair. He was just a human being like you and me -- but he was willing to practice more, to do all the things that somebody has to do to excel. The real value in what John Coltrane did was that what he accomplished, he did as a human.”
Nat Hentoff

Did you know...

In September 1982, Coltrane was officially canonized as a saint by the African Orthodox Church.

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