[News] Alice Coltrane passes

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Mon Jan 15 08:58:31 EST 2007



Posted by: editoron Monday, January 15, 2007 - 06:38 AM
Jazz News
  August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007

Jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, widow of jazz 
saxophonist John Coltrane, died on Friday, 
January 12th at the West Hills Hospital near Los 
Angeles, California. She was 69.

Mrs. Coltrane was born Alice Lucille McLeod in 
Detroit, Michigan August 27, 1937. As a young 
girl, she studied classical piano and began 
playing organ in local churches. Bud Powell was 
one of her early teachers. She played piano with 
her brother, Ernest Farrow, in several Detroit 
clubs before moving to New York in the early 
1960’s to pursue a career in jazz. There, while 
playing at Birdland with vibraphonist Terry 
Gibbs, she met John Coltrane. They later married, 
and she performed in his quartet beginning in 
1966 until his death in July of 1967.

Mrs. Coltrane continued her career and was a 
noted jazz artist and composer throughout the 
1970’s and into the 1980’s. She recorded works 
for piano, organ, and harp as a leader on the 
albums: Monastic Trio, Ptah the El Daoud, Journey 
in Satchidananda, and Universal Consciousness. 
She performed and recorded with Lucky Thompson, 
Kenny Clarke, Pharoah Sanders, Ron Carter, Joe 
Henderson, Jimmy Garrison, Charlie Haden, Roy 
Haynes, Reggie Workman, Jack DeJohnette, Carlos Santana and many others.

Following a long hiatus from performing, Mrs. 
Coltrane had recently staged concerts in Paris, 
Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Newark, and San 
Francisco, appearing with her sons Ravi and Oran. 
These performances followed the critically 
acclaimed 2004 release of "Translinear Light," 
her first studio album in 27 years.

 From the beginning, she regarded her music as a 
part of a greater spiritual journey. This path 
would eventually lead her to Eastern religious 
studies. In 1975 she founded an ashram, the 
Vedantic Center, which later relocated to the 
Santa Monica Mountains and is currently known as 
the Sai Anantam Ashram. Alice Coltrane, also 
known as Swami Turiyasangitananda, led her 
students in meditation and devotional studies. In 
2001 with her daughter Michelle, she founded the 
John Coltrane Foundation to encourage the 
advancement of music performances in jazz and to 
award scholarships to young musicians.

Mrs. Coltrane’s passing was related to 
respiratory failure. She is survived by her sons 
Ravi and Oran, her daughter Michelle and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the Coltrane family asks that 
you please send donations to the following charities:

The John Coltrane Foundation - www.johncoltranecom
21777 Ventura Blvd., Suite 253 Woodland Hills CA 91367

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital - www.stjude.org

Musicare Foundation - www.grammy.com/MusiCares
156 W. 56th St. Suite 1701, New York NY 10019

Habitat for Humanity - www.habitat.org/donation

A Public memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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