Monday, May 21, 2007

The New York Times has an article on Alice Coltrane's ascension ceremony at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine: "Ms. Coltrane, who died in January, was more than a jazz keyboardist and harpist and the widow of the saxophonist John Coltrane. After her husband’s death in 1967, she ventured deeper into spiritual study, adopting the name Swamini Turiyasangitananda and releasing albums with a forthright religious intent. In 1983 she founded the Sai Anantam Ashram in Agoura Hills, Calif., and it was there that she focused her energies for the rest of her life. This legacy set the tone on Thursday, as the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, one of her two sons, acknowledged in his remarks. “She truly was the mother of many,” he said."

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