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.
Ravi Coltrane will play on October 6th benefit at En Brasserie. En Brasserie is located at 435 Hudson Street, New York, NY (on the corner of Hudson & LeRoy). The first annual brunch benefit hosted by Carlos Santana and the Friends of the Coltrane Home Board will begin at 11:30 in the morning. Also speaking will be Ashley Kahn and Dr. Cornel West. Other honored guests to be announced shortly. Tickets are available on eventbrite at: http://coltranehome.eventbrite.com.
The October 6, 2013 fundraising benefit will be a wonderful event held at En Brasserie in Manhattan and will feature musical guests, speakers including Dr.Cornel West and delicious food and drink. Please purchase tickets at the following link: http://coltranehome.eventbrite.com. We look forward to seeing you there and thank you so much for your continued support of our mission.
The mission of the Friends of the Coltrane Home is the preservation of the home and the creation of a museum and cultural center. Planned is an historic restoration of the home including a selection of original furnishings and instruments, an extensive digital archive with listening stations, a meditation garden dedicated to Alice Coltrane and archival materials donated by Coltrane scholars and collectors. Pilot educational programs begin this fall offsite and will continue at the Home when it opens to the public.
Carlos Santana has generously agreed to be the Chair of the Honorary Board for The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills. Please join us in welcoming him as he has graciously agreed to assist us at this important and pivotal time. We are humbled by his generosity and spirit.
February 11, 2013
Virginia Huie of Cablevision’s News12 Team gives an update on the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills. We are working hard but still need your help! Watch the video in a new window by clicking here.
Sept 2, 2012
Text Courtesy of The Poughkeepsie Journal
(The Coltrane Home) has been selected as one of 200 most-significant sites in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Path Through History, a statewide road map that ties historically- and culturally-significant sites, locations and events throughout the state.
This new effort to highlight New York’s heritage aims to not only showcase the state’s history and cultural significance, but also to promote tourism and economic development in communities around the state.
Cuomo formally unveiled the initiative Tuesday at the “Path Through History” conference at the Empire State Plaza.
At the conference, Cuomo announced that the state will allocate $1 million to jump-start 10 regional heritage tourism marketing plans.
In addition, Cuomo unveiled proposed new road signs to be installed on major state highways to promote sites from New York’s history and previewed a new website that will offer additional information on the sites.
The Path Through History will be marked by signs along the New York State Thruway and other major arteries to direct travelers to historic sites.
Please note that the Coltrane Home is not open to the public at this time but we are very grateful for the important designation.
July 22, 2012 Dix Hills, NY
The Coltrane Home Story is told by National Public Radio – NPR
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Today the BBC News (UK) posted a video article on the saving of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills.
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Special thanks to Yasuhiro “Fuji” Fujioka for his vintage photos and video footage.
From the BBC: January 20, 2012
Nearly 50 years ago the Jazz legend John Coltrane locked himself away in the upstairs room of his home on New York’s Long Island. It was there that he wrote what many consider his masterpiece: A Love Supreme.
The house, where Coltrane also spent the last years of his life before dying from liver cancer, has been placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s most-endangered list.
Michael Maher met up with Coltrane’s musician son Ravi to hear about his memories growing up in the home where he father composed some of the classic jazz tunes.
He also visited the site itself to speak to Steve Fulgoni, the Coltrane fan who helped save the house and now has plans to build a lasting tribute to one of the giants of American music.
Photos courtesy of Yasuhiro Fujioka, Akiyoshi Miyashita and Tadayuki Naito.
National Trust for Historic Preservation lists The Coltrane Home as one of 2011 Most Endangered Historic Sites in the US
Dated: June 15, 2011
Contact: Steve Fulgoni at (631) 860-9200; www.thecoltranehome.org
Links to National Trust for Historic Preservation
A nationally significant historic site, The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, is in danger. Listed as one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Places, and saved from demolition following a worldwide grass roots effort several years ago, it remains in urgent need.
The Coltrane Home is a symbol of the extraordinary contributions of one of America’s foremost musicians, composers, and contributors to music here, and throughout the World. This endangered symbol needs support now to keep its potential alive. This announcement is a critical next step in the process of restoring this landmark.
Friends of the Coltrane Home, which now owns the home, is in desperate need of financial support to complete the goals envisioned seven years ago when the home was saved from imminent demolition. At that time the home was designated a local historic landmark by the Huntington Town Board. It was subsequently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been acquired by the Town of Huntington.
But that was not the end of the quest to save the home—it was just the beginning.
Friends of the Coltrane Home, which is dedicated to restoring the Long Island home of John and Alice Coltrane in order to preserve and perpetuate their musical and spiritual legacies, needs to raise funds to first complete an historic structure report that will analyze
the condition of the house, and recommend a course of action for restoration and interpretation of the house. Friends has already received matching grant funding of $38,810 from the State of New York as well as $5,000 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
More than a restoration, however, the vision for The Coltrane Home project will:
• Create a museum, archives and learning center, celebrating the Coltranes’ music and influences, and
• Provide an outreach center for music education, appreciation, creativity and participation for students and adults through the schools and community.
The house, which sits in a quiet residential neighborhood in Dix Hills, NY just off the Long Island Expressway, is where John Coltrane, a pioneer in world music and a spiritual and emotional force whose following continues to grow throughout the world, and his wife
Alice settled down to raise their family. Shortly after they moved into the house in 1964, their first son was born. John took time off from his busy travel schedule in order to spend time with his family. Isolating himself in the second floor guest room with pen, paper and saxophone, he composed one of the most influential pieces of music of the 20th century, A Love Supreme. Although Coltrane did not write it as a message of civil rights, it nonetheless had such meaning for members of the African American community although its spiritual message transcended racial barriers then and today. Coltrane died in just three years later. The family continued to live in the house until 1973.
Although the house has changed hands several times over the past four decades, it retains many of the decorative features from the Coltrane’s time in the home.
In late 2003, Dix Hills resident and Coltrane fan Steve Fulgoni discovered that the house was slated for demolition to make room for three new houses. He immediately contacted Town officials and initiated a worldwide grass roots effort to save the house, which drew letters of support from fans and celebrities from around the world, culminating culminated in the Town’s acquisition of the house in 2005 on behalf of the newly formed Friends of the Coltrane Home. Earlier this year the home was identified by the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities as one of the four most endangered historic sites on Long Island.
Since that time, Friends has taken steps to stabilize the house pending development of plans for full restoration. Water and electrical
service have been restored, debris has been removed, mold eradicated, and the building secured.
Planning sessions with Coltrane family members, music executives, musicians, music educators and community members have been held to create the vision for the Home. In addition to creating plans to restore the Home and developing an archives and learning center, music education and outreach is a key part of the mission. Called The Coltrane Legacy Education Project, this aspect of the vision seeks to help educate the educators and foster creativity and greater music participation for children and adults
One shining example of the power of the Coltrane Legacy is a program developed by a Queens second grade teacher, Christine Passarella. The program known as “Kids for Coltrane” uses John Coltrane’s music to encourage children to reach their full potential by following their bliss.
To find out more about Friends of the Coltrane Home, visit www.thecoltranehome.org or call Steve Fulgoni at (631) 860-9200.