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Michelle Coltrane: What’s in a Name?

The singer opens up about her recent album, her surprising birth father and the joys of jazz’s weightiest legacy

Michelle Coltrane (photo by Marsha Randolph)
Michelle Coltrane (photo by Marsha Randolph)

She has been singing since childhood and shares one of the most illustrious names in jazz. But, putting family commitments first, Michelle Coltrane, daughter of Alice and stepdaughter of John (who died when she was 6), waited until her mid-30s to record her debut album, I Think of You. It has taken almost a quarter-century for Coltrane, now 57, to shape her sophomore release, Awakening (Blujazz), a fine collection of covers and originals that honors the Coltrane legacy while remaining true to her own musical vision. – Christopher Loudon

JAZZTIMES: YOUR JAZZ LINEAGE ACTUALLY GOES DEEPER THAN THE COLTRANES. YOUR BIRTH FATHER WAS VOCALIST KENNY HAGOOD.

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