The Friends of the Coltrane Home is a NY State Non-profit 501(c)3 organization led by John and Alice Coltrane’s son Ravi Coltrane. Ravi and his family have supported the restoration of the Dix Hills home since they became aware of its potential demolition in 2004. The Coltrane family gave us a generous donation which enabled the initial stabilization and restoration of the home.
The organization is led by a nine member Board of Directors. In addition, we have the support of many members of the education, music and arts community.
Ravi Coltrane – Chairman
A critically acclaimed saxophonist, band leader, composer, producer and founder of the independent record company, RKM Music. Since 1991, Ravi Coltrane has diligently forged a prominent career as a live performer, recording artist and producer, as well as an impressive list of credits and accomplishments.
Born in Long Island, New York in 1965, the second son of John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after the Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Los Angeles, where Ravi first began developing his own personal interest in the arts. As a young man, he initially began playing the clarinet and switched to the saxophone in high school.
In 1991, his father’s renowned drummer, Elvin Jones, saw in Ravi an emergent authentic performer, and hired Ravi to play with his band. After his tenure with Elvin, Ravi found himself working alongside a list of names that reads like the Who’s Who of American Jazz and Pop, including: McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Michael Brecker, George Duke, Stanley Clark, Jess “Tain” Watts, Branford Marsalis, Mark Turner, Jacky Terrasson, Joe Lovano, Joanne Brackeen, Gerry Gibbs, Graham Haynes, and Steve Coleman for whom he appears on several albums. Indeed, Ravi’s credits include recording on well over forty recordings as a sideman.
Ron brings an extensive background in the not-for-profit world. Having helped launch the “Smart Growth” movement on Long Island in the late ’90s, Ron founded a not-for-profit organization — Vision Long Island — which has helped communities across Long Island to envision, plan and manage their development. He has been President of Vision Long Island since its inception, helping oversee and guide its significant growth.
Ron is also the founder and President of NIAP – the Network for Investor Action and Protection, an investors’ advocacy not-for-profit group of over 1200 members nationwide, whose purpose is to advance protections for investors as well as victims of fraud. Ron has been active with numerous other non-profit organizations and environmental initiatives over the last 20 years. He is currently an active board member of the John and Alice Coltrane Home, in Dix Hills, NY.
Ron lives in Huntington, Long Island, New York, with his lovely wife, and two teenage boys. His interests include hiking, tennis, film-going, gardening, and generally progressive social causes. When he is not engaged in investor protection advocacy and financial planning, he can often be found backing up his sax-playing son on jazz piano.
Kathleen Hennessy – Vice President
Steve Fulgoni – Vice President
Robert Hughes – Treasurer
Robert Hughes is the Huntington Town Historian. Prior to his appointment as Town Historian in January 2002, he served as acting executive director of the Huntington Historical Society and was a member of the Huntington Historic Preservation Commission. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in history from Columbia College and a juris doctorate from Fordham Law School. Mr. Hughes was a member of the Huntington Historical Society Board of Trustees for six and a half years, including three years as president. He was appointed to the preservation commission by the Huntington Town Board in March 1999.
In addition to work with historical organizations, Mr. Hughes is the president of the Cold Spring Harbor Board of Education; a member and past president of the Cold Spring Harbor Library Board of Trustees; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Huntington Rural Cemetery; President of Eagle Dock Foundation, which operates Cold Spring Harbor’s community beach; and a founder of Vision Long Island, Inc., a not-for-profit planning organization working to introduce Smart Growth concepts on Long Island.
Yasuhiro Fujioka (“Fuji”)
Fuji is President “Coltrane House of Osaka”, Kimono shop “Fujioka,” and is a freelance jazz writer/producer/photographer/educator and the author of four books on the subject of John Coltrane. Fuji is a supplier of memorabilia to The Verve Music Group (NYC and Tokyo offices); Concord Records, CA; Warner Music, Japan; Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC and others, and a contributor to the Coltrane Collection for exhibiting at the National Museum of American History at Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Famein Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC; High Point Historical Museum, High Point, NC, and Half Hollow Hills Community Library on Long Island, NY.
Fuji is also a dedicated collector of Coltrane memorabilia since 1970 at age 17.
Hollis A. King
Former vice president and creative director at the Verve Music Group, the largest jazz record label in the world. He was responsible for art direction of all CD packaging, logos, advertising, point-of-purchase and signage. Studied advertising and design at New York City Community College. He later transferred to the School of Visual Arts where he studied with legendary artist Milton Glaser, his greatest influence and inspiration. King worked at several design studios before entering the music industry in 1994 as a graphic designer at GRP records, becoming creative director in 1997. Two years later, he joined the Verve Music Group, a Division of Universal Music Company and worked with some of the greatest musicians of all times. King has received numerous achievement awards and citations from Communication Arts, How, Print, AIGA, Graphis and the Society of Illustrators, as well as five Grammy nominations. Worked on Zora Neale Hurston “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, Set Design for “Afropop Series” Public Television, Creative Direction and set Design for August Wilson American Century Cycle at the Greene Space.
Currently, Hollis runs his own creative company, sits on an executive board in New York and regularly lectures about creative, and photography, at the School of Visual Arts, FIT, Art Directors Club and Society of Illustrators. King also co-produced and art directed ESOSA Fashion Show 2012 for Fashion Week in NYC.
Sheila A. Johnson, J.D.
Joel Snodgrass is a founding Principal of Historic Construction Management Corp., a specialized preservation/conservation consulting and implementation firm located in Huntington Station.
He brings an extensive background in the fields of historic preservation, architectural/monument conservation, and restoration project management. Prior work experience in these fields includes: Architectural Conservator in Private Practice; Restoration Specialist, Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA); Director, Integrated Conservation Resources; Senior Research Specialist and Lecturer for the Architectural Conservation Laboratory, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania; Senior Staff Conservator/Adjunct Faculty, Center for Preservation Research, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Project Complex Designer, Herreshoff Marine Museum; and Preservation Draftsman, BR+A Consulting Engineers. He received an M.S. in Architectural Conservation from Columbia University, a B.S. in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University, and A.S. in Building Construction from Dean College, and attended the Boston Architectural Center as well as the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, Italy.
He is a past President and board member of the Huntington Historical Society, former commissioner with the Town of Huntington – Historic Preservation Commission, former Chair of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) – Architectural Conservation Specialty Group, former liaison to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Historic Resources Group, former board member of Vision Huntington (now Vision Long Island), current board member of The John and Alice Coltrane Home, current member of the Board of Trustees of the Huntington Rural Cemetery, and also sits on the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Huntington. He is a Long Island native who resides in Huntington, is married with three children, and is involved with the local community concerns as well as enjoys music as a member of the Prospect Street band.
Carlos Santana, Chair
Dr. Cornel West