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John William Coltrane

XX Century
During his lifetime, the famous jazz saxophonist had no known connexion with Orthodoxy, although he did have a dramatic religious experience which caused him to abandon drugs and alcohol and begin a spiritual quest which he did not complete before his death. He appears in this library because he has been canonised by the (itself doubtfully canonical) African Orthodox Church, complete with a Byzantine-style ikon, and the juridsiction's most famous parish owes that status to being named for him.

Norman Hugh Redington


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