This artisan of rhythm and blues laid the foundation for future aspiring instrumentalists, in which his unique style of saxophone playing garnered much national attention as he played with some of the best jazz musicians of our time.
Art often imitates life and John Coltrane was no exception, as he used his experiences of drug abuse and death to plead his case through the very notes extracted from his instrument. That same instrument gave him the power to live, to have something to live for, to share with the world his personal and at times intimate stories.
“Sentimental Moments” and “My Favorite Things,” are Coltrane classics that withstood the test of time and so much so, that these works of art were often featured in popular films and one in particular “Love Jones,” starring notable actors Nia Long and Larenz Tate.
This man was a walking talking song from a very young age, because at 12 years old he lost his aunt, his grandparents, and his father all within a few short months of each other. How does a child that young cope with the loss of his loved ones? Where could he hide his feelings and emotions over life’s most tragic moments without succumbing to insanity?
Music and drugs were the suppressants to Coltrane’s sorrow and although he lost his life at the ripe age of 40 years old due to liver disease, his music however has lasted a lifetime and continues to infuse and enrich all who encounter it.