Coltrane: “Trane” Born in North Carolina on September 25, 1926 Coltrane began playing music at an early age. He was influenced by his father and artists such as; Lester Young, and Charlie Parker. In 1945 Coltrane embarked on his music career, but one year after he was drafted into the Navy where he served his time in the Navy band. He will become known as one of the most famous musicians in the world, and a true revolutionist of Jazz music.
Addiction Coltrane began experimenting with drugs, eventually became addicted to heroin. Still Coltrane persisted with music even with his drug habits. 1948
Miles Davis Years In 1955 John Coltrane unites with Miles Davis and eventually joins The “First Great Quintet” Round' Midnight In 1957 Miles Davis abruptly dismantles the group (1957)
A Changed Man Coltrane, saddened by his departure with Miles Davis realizes he needs to make changes in his life. Coltrane joins pianist Thelonious Monk. Ruby, My Dear 1957
The Boom Coltrane joins Miles Davis once again, but this soon ends because Coltrane wants to be on his own. Coltrane Forms his own Quartet.
The John Coltrane Quartet
Giant Steps Once Coltrane ventures off on his own his career escalades quickly. He releases “Giant Steps” which would become one of the most historic Jazz albums of all time. Giant Steps
Height of His Career At this point Coltrane is becoming a household name in the Jazz community. After he releases the album “My Favorite Things” he becomes well-known around the world. My Favorite Things
Continued Success Coltrane continued to make brilliant music releasing over 15 albums on Impulse Records. He died from liver cancer in 1967. Coltrane will become one of the best Jazz musicians ever to walk the land.
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