In early 1952 he joined Earl Bostics band, and in 1953 he joined Johnny Hodgess small group (during that saxophonists short sabbatical from Duke Ellingtons orchestra), staying until mid 1954.
Although there are recordings of Coltrane from as early as 1946, his real career spans the twelve years between 1955 and 1967, during which time he reshaped modern jazz and influenced generations of other musicians. Coltrane was freelancing in Philadelphia in the summer of 1955 when he received a call from trumpeter Miles Davis. Davis, whose success during the late forties had been followed by several years of decline, was again active, and was about to form a quintet. Coltrane was with this first edition of the Davis group from October 1955 through April 1957 (with a few absences), a period which saw influential recordings from Davis and the first signs of Coltranes ability. This classic First Quintet, best represented by two marathon recording sessions for Prestige in 1956, disbanded in mid-April.
During the latter part of 1957 Coltrane worked
with Thelonious Monk at New Yorks Five Spot, a legendary gig. He
rejoined Miles in January 1958, staying until April 1960, during which
time he participated in such seminal Davis sessions as Milestones and
Kind Of Blue, and recorded his own influential sessions (notably Giant