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  • In 2007, the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded John Coltrane a posthumous citation for "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz."
  • He would play John Coltrane-type solos on his sax for hours and be dressed in a winter jacket and gym shorts the whole time.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • In the living room there was a high-end stereo with an impressive collection of jazz records from Tommy Dorsey to John Coltrane.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • I imagined him sitting on the steps of the pharaoh’s throne, playing tenor sax—John Coltrane, perhaps—as a new age unfolded in purple light and glowing hieroglyphs popped out of his horn.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire

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  • People like Art Farmer and Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane and Lenny Bruce would stop by when they were in town.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Eventually I learned a little, including the difference between Beethoven and "Roll Over Beethoven," even if I prefer the latter, and between Miles Davis and John Coltrane at their peak, but I remain a musical numskull.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Deanna wanted the latest CD from Harry Connick Jr.-"He’s cute," she said in explanation-and Theresa bought a jazz CD of one of John Coltrane’s earlier recordings.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • "John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is in the record player," Ben said.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • At least they’d know who John Coltrane is."
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • After unpacking her bags and picking up her keys and mail from Ella, she poured herself a glass of wine, went to the stereo, and popped in the John Coltrane CD she had bought.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle

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  • Your father came from the same town and went to the same high school as John Coltrane, but he was ahead of Coltrane in age.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
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