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date: 28 March 2020

Coltrane, Alice McLeod locked

(27 Aug. 1937–12 Jan. 2007),
  • Daniel Robert McClure

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keyboardist, harpist, and composer, was born Alice McLeod in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Solon and Anne McLeod, and grew up in a musically oriented family. Her brother, Ernie Farrow, played bass in the jazz groups of Terry Gibbs, Stan Getz, and Yusef Lateef. Beginning piano at the age of seven and studying classical music, Alice later attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit and played piano in church. Her achievements led to a scholarship to the Detroit Institute of Technology. Her most important influences in classical music during this time were the works of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Eventually Alice followed her brother into jazz and became a bebop pianist for musicians such as Kenny Burrell and Lateef, eventually traveling to Europe to study with Bud Powell in 1959 She moved to New York in the early 1960s During a stint ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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