John Coltrane: The History Of Jazz Music

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Register to read the introduction… However, he did not play clarinet for long as he became more interested in jazz music resulting in a change of instrument to an alto saxophone. By this time, John was seventeen years old and was already a very skilled musician that had great potential to lead a successful career. In June of 1943, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Coltrane was drafted into the Navy when he was nineteen years old and was released returning to civilian life approximately one year later. After the Navy, he began his musical career in California contacting a friend and another phenomenal jazz artist, Charlie Parker. John was highly influenced by Parker, arguably the greatest jazz musician of all time. John began to take various job offers in the late 1940's which lead him to his first band. In 1949, he joined Dizzy Gillespie's big band playing as the lead alto saxophonist and played with them until the band's breakup in May of 1950. He then returned to Philadelphia where he found that tenor saxophone was the right instrument for him rather than alto sax. Between 1951 and 1954, John Coltrane's career started to blossom. Throughout these years, he played with Earl Bostic, Eddie Vinson, and Johnny Hodges. Coltrane received most of his recognition by 1955 when he received an unexpected call from legend jazz artist, Miles Davis. The proposition included Coltrane in on Davis's first quintet, performing as a …show more content…
In every biography that I read for researching this paper expressed how Coltrane thanks composers such as Beethoven and Mozart for his musical success. With that said, musicians today have been inspired by his music such as Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and Mike Watt. Throughout this course we have discussed all periods of the musical timeline. I chose John Coltrane for this paper because I feel that he was a significant part of his era of music and the types of music and the composers we have studied have a large effect on him and Jazz music. I believe music is an on-going chain in which composition from the previous decade benefits and influences the music of the future and that is exactly what John Coltrane was looking to do. Before taking this course and writing this paper, I had little knowledge about Classical and Jazz music but now I have realized that if it wasn't for them, music wouldn't be what it is

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