The Gospel of St. John
By 1966, with the new line-up firmly in place and his music some of the most experimental of his career, 'Trane's health began to fail him. Years of alcohol and drug abuse had taken their toll, and he now suffered from end-stage liver cancer. He passed away on July 17, 1967, leaving a void in jazz that has not yet been filled.
'Trane also left behind a legacy that reaches around the world (although, apparently skipping over Patrick Henry Community College. Think back to the beginning of the piece, kids). From St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco, where the Gospel is presented through his music; to this very article, which proves his influence so indelible that after almost 35 years, even my foolishness can't detract from it.
Till next month, kids, exit to your right and enjoy the rest of AAJ.