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Miki Coltrane

Vocalist Miki Coltrane is doubly-blessed-the DNA of two extraordinary musicians, John and Alice Coltrane-runs through her veins. Growing up in such a heady environment, it was preordained that Miki and her brother Ravi would one day enter the jazz life. Only seven years old when her father passed, she was unaffected by his legacy, opting for the discipline of the classical violin. After high school graduation, Miki put aside the rigidity of the classics for the creatively mercurial vocal spheres of her idols Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Shirley Horn. “Improvising wasn’t part of the classical tradition,” says Coltrane.

“Singing is more suitable to my tastes. The more educated I became musically, I thought about what those women exuded in performance style, how they were classy and had long careers. I loved their elegance of telling stories like it is without making a gimmick out of it.” Moving to Japan, she found success as a jingle singer and songwriter.

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