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23 Sep 1926 — 17 Jul 1967


John William Coltrane (Hamlet, North Carolina, September 23, 1926 – Huntington, New York, July 17, 1967) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

American jazz great John Coltrane emerged in the 1950s, playing tenor and soprano sax with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. A leader of "hard bop", in the 1960s he led his own groups and changed the face of jazz with experimentation and improvisation, his later recordings reflecting his belief that music was a form of spiritual expression. Sometimes called simply 'Trane, his recordings include Giant Steps (1959), My Favorite Things (1960), Olé (1961) and A Love Supreme (1964). In his later recordings he collaborated on avante-garde music with his wife, Alice Coltrane (b. Alice McLeod, 1937-2007), who had a career in her own right.

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John Coltrane Quartet
since 1959 till 1965 lib/muslib/membership_type_1094, lib/muslib/membership_type_34, lib/muslib/membership_type_36
Miles Davis Sextet
since 1958 till 1960 lib/muslib/membership_type_36
Thelonious Monk Quartet
since 1957 till 1957 lib/muslib/membership_type_36
Thelonious Monk Septet
Cecil Taylor Quintet

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