Posted January 24, 2007
Jazz musician Alice Coltrane passed away last weekend at 69. Devotees may remember her performance at the New York Ratha Yatra and her meeting with Prabhupada in 1977.
She was featured in the December 1977 issue of Back to Godhead:
"Alice Coltrane: A New Album -- Just arrived in the stores is a new release by Alice Coltrane; wife of thelate master saxophonist John Coltrane. The current Warner LP, Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana ('singing the names of Radha and Krsna'), features Arjuna John Coltrane, Jr., on drums and Alice (Turiyasangitananda) on keyboards and harp. 'The Hare Krsna mantra,' she says about one cut, 'is theMaha-mantra. Of all the mantras it is a liberating mantra because it contains three of the most powerful names of the Supreme'."
Here's another quote from BTG:
"For a full week the chariots stayed in Washington Square Park, until atlast devotees and well-wishers drew them back along Sixth Avenue to thetemple. The week of festivities peaked at the day's free feast andfestival in Central Park. Musician-composer Alice Coltrane delighted thecrowd with her Gospel-flavored renderings of traditional Krsna chants. AndVEDA (ISKCON's new Vedic Ensemble of the Dramatic Arts) presented anenchanting original dance performance based on the ancient Indian epicRamayana."
A remembrance service will be held for Ms. Coltrane on January 27 at 1 p.m. The address is 3528 North Triunfo Canyon Road, Agoura, California. In lieu of flowers, her family has requested donations be made to the John Coltrane Foundation scholarship fund or to Habitat for Humanity.
Alice Coltrane (Turiyasangitananda Swami)