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John H. Armwood Jazz History Lecture Nashville's Cheekwood Arts Center 1989

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


She became a devotee of Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba after the 1967 death of her husband, legendary saxophonist John Coltrane
Pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane was the widow of legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, whose death led her to explore a vocation as a spiritual leader.

Ms. Coltrane lived in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles near the Sai Anantam Ashram in Agoura Hills, which she had founded in 1983. Known as Swami Turiyasangitananda, Sanskrit for “the highest song of God,” she was the guiding presence of the 20-hectare ashram, set among the Santa Monica mountains, where 25 to 30 fulltime residents study the Vedic scriptures of ancient India, as well as Buddhist and Islamic texts. She was also the manager of John Coltrane’s estate, as well as of his publishing company, Jowcol Music.

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