About John Coltrane
Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane’s own legendary recordings and performances with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk helped shape the music’s sound, inspiring generations of artists.
∙ As part of Davis’ First Great Quintet, he appeared on four iconic hard-bop albums, including 1960’s Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, featuring his own “Trane’s Blues.”
∙ Coltrane’s time in Monk’s quartet was documented in a rare 1957 live recording, At Carnegie Hall, released in 2005 and widely hailed as a musical treasure.
∙ His 1958 album Blue Train was an early showcase of his “sheets of sound” improvisation style, an intricate layering of notes and tones known as Coltrane changes.
∙ Released in 1960, Giant Steps was his first album to be added to the National Recording Registry and ranks among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
∙ The 1961 single “My Favorite Things”—a modal-jazz cover of the song from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music—was one of his most popular tunes.
∙ A Love Supreme, his spiritual 1965 collection, has been named one of the greatest albums of all time—one that not only redefined jazz but also influenced many of rock’s biggest artists, from The Byrds to U2.
∙ He was canonized as a saint by the African Orthodox Church in 1982, and the St. John Coltrane church in San Francisco uses his music in its worship practices.
∙ Among numerous posthumous honors, he received a 2007 Pulitzer Prize for his supreme musicianship and a 1997 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
∙ The 2016 documentary Chasing Trane, narrated by Denzel Washington, featured rare live clips and interviews with such admirers as Sonny Rollins and Wynton Marsalis.
BORN23 September 1926