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Alice Coltrane (McLeod)

Also Known As: "Turiyasangitananda"
Birthplace: Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
Death: January 12, 2007 (69)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States (Respiratory failure)
Place of Burial: Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William McLeod and Annie Farrow / McLeod
Wife of Kenny Hagood and John Coltrane
Mother of Private; John Coltrane, Jr.; Ravi Coltrane and Oranyan Coltrane
Sister of Jackie McLeod; Joan McLeod and Marilyn McLeod
Half sister of Ernie Farrow

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About Alice Coltrane

Alice Coltrane, née McLeod (August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007) was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, and composer, and the second wife of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane. One of the few harpists in the history of jazz, she recorded many albums as a bandleader, beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse! Records and Universal Distribution.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Alice McLeod studied classical music, and also jazz with Bud Powell in Paris, France, where she worked as the intermission pianist at the Blue Note Jazz Club in 1960. It was there that she was broadcast on French television in a performance with Lucky Thompson, Pierre Michelot and Kenny Clarke. She began playing jazz as a professional in Detroit, with her own trio and as a duo with vibist Terry Pollard. She married Kenny Hagood in 1960 and had a daughter, Michele, with him. From 1962-63 she played with Terry Gibbs's quartet, during which time she met John Coltrane. In 1965 they were married in Juárez, Mexico. John Coltrane became stepfather to Alice's daughter Michele and the couple had three children: John Jr. (1964–1982), a drummer; Oranyan (b. 1967), a DJ who played saxophone with Santana for a period of time; and Ravi (b. 1965), a saxophonist.

In January 1966 she replaced McCoy Tyner as pianist with John Coltrane's group. She subsequently recorded with him and continued playing with the band until his death on July 17, 1967. After her husband's death she continued to play with her own groups, later including her children, moving into progressively more meditative music.

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Alice Coltrane's Timeline

August 27, 1937
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
August 6, 1965
New York, United States
January 12, 2007
Age 69
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, United States