John Coltrane profile

John Coltrane

John Coltrane

John William Coltrane, also known by the name "Trane" (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), was an African-American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop genres early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the usage of modes in jazz and was in the frontlines of free jazz. He organized up to fifty recording sessions as a band leader during his career, and appeared as a sideman on other projects, notably with trumpeter (and later rival) Miles Davis.

As his career progressed, Coltrane and his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension and used more experimentation than his earlier phase.

John Coltrane died suddenly from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital, Long Island, on July 17, 1967. He was 40 years old. He remains one of the most important and successful jazz saxophonists in music history and continues to inspire artists to this day.


Gender: Male
Born: 1926-09-23
Country: United States
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