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Artist Profiles - Saxophonist John Coltrane

John William Coltrane was an jazz saxophonist and composer.

Coltrane was born September 23, 1926 in Hamlet North Carolina. Coltrane grew up in High Point NC, moving to Philadelphia PA in June 1943. He was inducted into the Navy in 1945, returning to civilian life in 1946. He joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in 1949. He stayed with Gillespie through the band’s breakup in May 1950 and worked with Gillespie’s small group until April 1951.

In early 1952 he joined Earl...

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