Saxophonist and composer John Coltrane helped shaped the direction jazz took since the mid-1950s. He was an influence not just for his innovative improvising and composing, but also to many through his devout spiritual beliefs. In 1971, about four years after his death, the African Orthodox Church beatified him and made him one of their official saints. Having just put together a lecture covering John Coltrane for my Jazz Appreciation class, I thought I’d share a little bit here.
If you need a little “sound baptism,” check out this short video documentary on the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco, CA.