Born Alice McLeod into a musical Detroit family, Alice Coltrane began playing piano at age seven and later studied with Bud Powell in Paris. Upon returning to the States, she joined vibraphonist Terry Gibbs' group and eventually shared a bill with the John Coltrane Quartet. Alice and John wed in Juárez, Mexico in 1965 and played alongside one another until his last performance in May, 1967. After John's death, Alice became a band leader in her own right, fusing spiritual free jazz and new age with classical, Eastern, post-bop and gospel.