This lesson will review the life and music of John Coltrane, the American jazz saxophonist whose work changed the direction of music forever. Learn. John “Trane” Coltrane was a jazz saxophone virtuoso who lived from 1926-1967. He was born in the small town of Hamlet, North Carolina, but was raised further. John William Coltrane Jr., was born on September 23, 1926, in rural North Carolina. Discovering jazz through the recordings…