Given Name: John William Coltrane
Instruments: Tenor saxophone, Soprano saxophone,
Occupations: Saxophonist, Composer, Bandleader
John Coltrane was born September 23, 1926 in Hamlet,
John Coltrane was an African American saxophonist and composer. He worked
in the bebop and hard bop genres. Coltrane played the clarinet and the alto horn
in a community band before taking up the alto sax during high school. In 1947, he
switched to tenor saxophone, which is the instrument that he became known for playing.
During his recording career, Coltrane organized at least fifty recording sessions. As his
career progressed, Coltrane and his music took an increasingly spiritual dimension. John
Coltrane influenced a great number of musicians and remains one of the most significant
tenor saxophonists in jazz history.
John Coltrane died July 17, 1967 at age 40 in Huntington, New York
Cause of Death: Liver cancer
Mr. Coltrane is buried at Pinelawn Cemetary in Farmingdale, NY
V. KAY JAMES McCRIMON