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In February 2024, KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM San Diego celebrated Black History Month by honoring The Coltrane Legacy.

We covered every major period and album, every meaningful collaboration, and many of the musicians who’ve meaningfully carried that legacy’s torch. The reach of Coltrane’s musical and spiritual influence was vast during his life and has been consistently approaching infinite since his death, so even though 2024's celebration of The Coltrane Legacy has formally concluded, it's never really over for us here at KSDS; we celebrate it, in one form or another, every day. The Coltrane-related content we produced for this month of special programming will continue to reside on this page, its forever home, as a testament to that and a resource for all who, from time to time, feel inspired to take the Coltrane.

Click any photo below to scroll through an array of historic Coltrane pictures.

Trane at Five Spot w Monk's band in '57Trane at The Five Spot w Monk, 1957The Philadelphia house where Coltrane lived with Cousin Mary from 1952 to 1958. Photo by Yasuhiro Fujiokaphoto that became the cover of Blue Train, 1957 Photo by Francis WolffScan0036The iconic cover photo for Coltrane Live at the Village Vanguard Again. Pharaoh, Al Photo by Chuck StewartTaken during the Coltrane Live at Birdland session, 1963John and Alice Coltrane circa 1966 Photo by Chuck StewartFrom left Johnny Griffin, Coltrane, and Hank Mobley on Johnny Griffin--A Blowing Session (1959, Blue Note) Photo by Francis WolffFrom L Curtis Fuller, Coltrane, Donald Byrd, recording session for Sonny's Crib, 1957 Photo by Francis WolffElvin Jones (left) and Coltrane Photo by Joe Alper. circa 61-62, prob at Showboat in Phila.Coltrane smokes a pipe while taking a break from recording A Love Supreme at Van Gelder Studios, Dec. 1964Coltrane while recording Ascension, his giant step into Free Jazz. At Van Gelder June 1965Coltrane and McCoy Tyner going over music while recording the Coltrane Johnny Hartman album at Van Gelder, 1963 Photo by Joe Alpercoltrane photographed for My Favorite Things, 1960coltrane circa 55-56, playing with Miles QuintetColtrane recording Ballads with Tyner, Garrsion, and Jones. Van Gelder Studios, 1962Coltrane induction into Navy photo