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Detroit, United States (1937 – 2007)

Alice Coltrane (1937-2007) was a U.S. , , , and composer.

Coltrane was born Alice McLeod on the 27th August 1937 in Detroit, Michigan. She studied classical music, and attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit, where she continued her musical training. In 1959 she travelled to Paris and studied briefly with pianist Bud Powell.

She began playing jazz as a professional in Detroit, both with her own trio and as a duo with vibist Terry Pollard. From 1962 to 1963 she played with Terry Gibbs’s quartet, when she met John Coltrane, with whose group she played piano from 1965 until his death in 1967, and whom she married in 1966. Alice Coltrane had four children: singer Miki (Michele) from a previous marriage, saxophonists Oran and Ravi, all of whom survive their mother, and John W. Coltrane Jr, who died in a car accident in 1982.

After her husband’s death she continued to play with her own groups, moving into more and more meditative music, and latterly playing with her children. She was one of the few harpists in the history of jazz. In the early 1970s, after years of involvement with Eastern religion, Coltrane took the name Swami Turyasangitananda. She was a devotee of the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba.

Alice Coltrane died on the 12th January 2007 in Los Angeles.


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  • Aderus

    Her music is so humble and powerful, she uses instruments as extensions of her own soul and expression, Transfiguration is so damn raw yet fragile. You are amazing Alice.

    13 Sep 4:38pm Reply
  • aknuds-1

    @RusselChap But I love Laraaji, haha

    10 Sep 3:17pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    If you like Alice Coltrane's more meditative moments I'd suggest you check out Laraaji

    6 Sep 8:30pm Reply
  • aknuds-1

    Prema (especially as played on McPartland's show) is so beautiful I could cry.

    29 Aug 10:02am Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    @althefknamsrtkn But no one seriously into jazz cares what hipsters think, so that's irrelevant. What is relevant is that comparing the two is ridiculous and beside the point.

    27 Jul 6:12pm Reply
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  • fergalmc

    Turiya Sings!

    10 Jan 11:31am Reply
  • Diverman2010

    Althefknamsrtkn - Neither of them are better than each other as they are both of unique, individualistic, exploratory expressions. Loving music for the sake of music and art.

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    I forgot how amazing her music is! Shame on me. I should have spent more of my listening hours on here. I need to make up for lost time.

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    " Everyone who still think he[sic] was less talented than her husband should be covered in honey and tackled into a bear pit." I actually think the standard hipster contrarian thing now is to think she was better

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    god what a goddess. Divine Songs, you doubled my love for Alice.

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Sunzy

    Blue Nile, oh my.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • PsychBlackness

    People always look at me crazy when I tell them I prefer Alice to her husband (not that John was brilliant as well).

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    oh alice!! gracious gracious alice.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • wilzilla

    love the tanpura on Journey in Satchidananda

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • swan00

    a magic spell

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist Jazz: Bebop, Cool, Swing, Vocal, Fusion, Modal, Stride, Dixieland, Third Stream, Big Band, Hard Bop

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • BJBooth

    If you vary Alice Coltrane with Pharaoh Sanders and Sun Ra with a touch of any John Coltrane, you can see where all the later Jazz fusion came from in the 70's. You have to ride the spontaneity of the music or else you'll never appreciate it.

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • RodeoRadio

    Pure magic, indeed.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Liucija_S

    Fantastic SPIRITUAL JAZZ !!!

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
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