Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Alice Coltrane, widow of jazz great John Coltrane and a fine musician in her own right, died Friday January 12 in Los Angeles. A pianist who later took up the harp as well, she played in her husband's band during his last several years of life. She then embarked on a solo career, often fusing jazz with elements of Eastern music. After recording and performing throughout most of the 1970's, she devoted herself largely to spiritual pursuits, and only produced one additional commercially-released album in 2004. She was 69.