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John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane by Chuck Stewart, 1966. Famed saxophonist John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, NC. Died at age 40 of liver cancer.

The TIME Vault: 1955

Mary Lou Williams (who arranged for Ellingtons band) jams in Gjon Milis studio, New York, 1943.