John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and later was at the forefront of free jazz. He was prolific, organizing at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his recording career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.
“Coltrane on Soprano, 1963”, captures the performer in his musical element. Coltrane was one of photographer Roy DeCarava’s favorite subjects. “I traveled up and down the East Coast to hear him play and to photograph him. I shot photos in the clubs with the lighting that was available. If I thought I was bothering him, then I wouldn’t shoot. I would just listen to the music.”
John Coltrane. I believe that's his wife Alice in the background. Alice McLeod was from Detroit and I believe he met her there in the vibrant, integrating Westside jazz scene. Legend has it he played Detroit a lot @ places like the Bluebird and the Minor Key.