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This webpage is based primarily on research by Dr. Lewis Porter as presented in his 1998 biography, John Coltrane: His Life and Music (Amazon.com link). I first read this book for a class I took during the Fall 2014 semester at the Southern California entitled "Teaching Jazz History" taught by Dr. Thom Mason. For one assignment, Dr. Mason had the students write a review of a jazz biography. I chose Dr. Porter's Coltrane biography, a book I had been wanting to read for years. I was enthralled from the first page 1, and upon finishing I had a 77-page document of notes complete with it's own index. Porter's thorough and meticulous biography features census records, interviews, transcriptions, harmonic analysis, and much, much, more. A small selection of my notes features every address that was mentioned (many more than the few presented here). Each time I read an address I hopped onto Google Maps and typed it in. I loved seeing the houses, streets, and environments that were part of Coltrane's everyday life, be it where he was born, began learning music, or lived when recording Giant Steps and A Love Supreme. Soon, I started creating the webpage you're looking at now. In August 2017 I finished my own selected John Coltrane discography of approximately 105 albums which can be filtered by album title, song titles, personnel, etc., and sorted by earliest recording session.
July 2017 Update:
Beginning May 2017, I participated in an exchange of emails with Dr. Porter and Yasuhiro Fujioka (another prodigious Coltrane research, author, collector, and more; Fujioka's blog here: http://blog.livedoor.jp/coltranehouse/ and interview here: YouTube: Chasing Trane - A Conversation with Yasuhiro Fujioka About John Coltrane), and Mr. Fujioka kindly offered additional information on the residences listed below (cited as "Fujioka, 2017, Personal Comm."). The information from Mr. Fujioka has allowed me to update this page with more details about the residences and circumstances outlined. Ultimately, however, these documents contain far more information than I've elected to put on this webpage, including a few more homes than the eight identified here. Some of these places include another home in High Point, NC (213 Price Street), as well as a few hotels and, at least on one occasion, Paul Chamber's apartment (Fujioka, 2017, Personal Comm.).
Additionally, I recently purchased The Coltrane Reference (Amazon.com) by Chris DeVito, Yasuhiro Fujioka, Wolf Schmaler, Dave Wild, and Lewis Porter (ed). This 800+ page monograph is astounding. The Coltrane Reference is not only the most exacting and accurate account of Coltrane's life available, but it is also surely one of the finest examples of jazz research ever published. Any serious student of jazz history and/or research should be familiar with this book; all jazz fans should be grateful for the authors' meticulous research into Coltrane's life and for setting the bar for jazz research as high as Coltrane did for his music.I'm certain that if you enjoy any of the content here, you will enjoy the original works even more.