In an empty corner of a modest home in suburban New York, hiding beneath a construction zone’s deposits of dirt and dust on the floor, is a patch of bright, bold, almost electrically colorful vintage purple carpet. It couldn’t be more out of place; the rest of the surroundings are just exposed old wall beams and tattered bits of plaster coming down. But it seems right at home, somehow calm and calming, in the midst of it all.
The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills – The deceptively ordinary house where Coltrane composed A Love Supreme.
Thank you to everyone who came out and made Coltrane Day 2015 MusicFest at Huntington’s Heckscher Park such a success! All the facets of our Long Island and Huntington community worked together to make this possible: musicians, educators, students, government officials, arts organizations (and particularly our partner, the Huntington Arts Council), businesses, and the concerned music-loving citizens at large. Please keep up with some of the great photos and videos from the event on facebook at www.facebook.com/coltranehome. More will be posted in the coming weeks. (We’ll also be posting photos, videos and some of the great music on this website as well.) And if you enjoyed yourself at Coltrane Day, feel free to let us know by commenting on our facebook page.
By the way, join us at JumpstART “An Evening of Free Public Arts” — at East End Arts — in Riverhead August 7th. Participate in our “Improv and Percussion workshop at 7pm as part of our Coltrane Legacy Education Project. It’ll be a blast. Coltrane Day 2016 coming next summer!
This spring has yielded an interesting and supportive interview from our Honorary Board Chair, Carlos Santana. Long Island music writer Michael Block spoke with Carlos about the influence of the Coltrane legacy on his life and the importance of the Coltrane Home Project for the Long Island Pulse. Carlos’ autobiography, a collaboration with the great writer Ashley Kahn a long time supporter of the Home also mentioned the importance of our worthy project.
Wishing you a warm spring from the John and Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills!
“Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe. . . That’s what I would like to do. I think that’s one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in some way. The musician’s is through his music.” – John Coltrane
Alice Coltrane piano
Sonny Johnson bass
Rashied Ali drums
Additional musicians include:
Steve Knoblauch, Arnold Joyner alto saxophone
Umar Ali, Algie DeWitt, Robert Kenyatta percussion
Resonance Records, which is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation, will contribute a portion from every sale to the John Coltrane Home, an organization devoted to the preservation of Coltranes former home in Dix Hills, New York.
Today, August 27, 2014 is Alice Coltrane’s 77th birthday. We remember her as creative musician, collaborator, spiritual scholar, sister, mother, grandmother, wife and an artist of great and unusual grace.
Please enjoy these images taken at the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills (photo credit Darlene DeVita Photography) which will open to the public as historical home museum and cultural center with a meditation garden dedicated to Alice Coltrane.
Of the many things which distinguish the home, one of the more important is the fact that not only was “A Love Supreme” written by John Coltrane in the home, but Alice Coltrane recorded several of her most distinguished recordings in the basement studio. “A Monastic Trio”, “Ptah, the El Daoud”, “Journey in Satchinananda”, and “Universal Consciousness” were all either totally or in part recorded at the Dix Hills Studio.
It is with respect and great affection that we remember Alice Coltrane’s many accomplishments and her deeply creative legacy on this day.
Not one but two great African American artists lived and worked in the John and Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills. Please help us to restore the home and share the important Coltrane legacy of creative artistry and spirituality with the public. During the years the family lived in Dix HIlls, John Coltrane composed “A Love Supreme” at the home and Alice Coltrane made several recordings in the home studio. The site will include an historical house museum featuring interactive exhibits, listening stations, digital archives and a meditation garden on the extensive grounds. There will also be musical education programs on and off-site beginning in 2014.
Thank you so much,
The Friends of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills
Will Calhoun attended our recent benefit for The Coltrane Home. For those of you who don’t know him, here is a quote from his Wikipedia page:
Calhoun is best known as the drummer of the rock band Living Colour. He has also played with Jungle Funk and HeadFake, recorded several jaz
z albums as a leader, and has appeared as a sideman with a diverse group of acclaimed artists, including Pharoah Sanders, B.B. King, Herb Alpert, Dr. John, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Public Enemy, and Ronnie Wood. He plays in the song Crimson Deep, from What Lies Beneath album, by the Finnish Symphonic Metalsinger Tarja. He is also a member of Stone raiders musical band.
Do you have a friend who loves John Coltrane and jazz, but who has everything? Why not purchase a gift for them that will last a lifetime?
For a very limited time, you can ‘buy-a-brick’ that will be used in the restoration of John and Alice Coltrane’s last residence in Dix Hills, NY.
Leave a lasting impression and show your support for the preservation of the Coltrane Legacy. A customized brick inscribed in honor of an individual or an organization will help us to restore the Coltrane Home.
Each brick may bear the name of an individual, couple, family, business, or other organization. Each 8”x4” brick has space for three lines of text.
Each line is limited to 14 characters (including spaces).
Prices vary depending on location:
Premium location is $750 US Dollars
Special location is $500 US Dollars
Standard location is $250 US Dollars
Exact placement of bricks will be at the discretion of the Friends of the Coltrane Home. Bricks become the property of the Friends of the Coltrane Home.
If you’d like to purchase a brick, you may do so by check or via the PAYPAL donate button.
To pay by check, make checks payable to: Friends of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills (Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.) Download, then fill out the Coltrane_Buy_A_Brick_order_form and mail your payment in to the address on the form.
If you’d like to pay via PAYPAL, please fill out a form below, then click on the DONATE NOW button on the right hand of this web site and indicate which premium location brick you’d like to purchase ($750, $500 or $250). We must have both payment and the form filled out to adequately complete the transaction.