Music to Our Ears! The Coltrane Home

Photo of Ravi Coltrane and Joe Lovano playing saxophones

Photo of Ravi Coltrane and Joe Lovano by Katheryn Laible

Dr. Thomas and I witnessed our first indoor music performance in over two years, and boy was it – WOW!

We Friends of the John and Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills gathered with other audiophiles for a very special event at the Southampton Arts Center held in collaboration with the Hamptons Jazz Fest. It began with music historian Ashley Kahn speaking with Ravi and Michelle Coltrane about the home and their parents’ legacy, and climaxed with a stellar performance by Ravi Coltrane and his trio, saxophonist Joe Lovano and harpist Brandee Younger.

There was much to celebrate as there was excellent news last September. It was a delight to receive this:

“Hi everyone,

I wanted to let you know that the Mellon Foundation has just announced that they have awarded a $1,000,000 grant for the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills !!!

Here is the link. The money will be used for the restoration of the home and also to hire an Executive Director.

On behalf of the Coltrane Family and the Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for your support and hard work over the years. So many people, from all over the world, have helped us reach this major accomplishment.

Thank you again and please visit our new website where you can sign up for more information.

– Steve Fulgoni. (John & Alice Coltrane Home Board President)

As he heralded this great news, another longtime supporter, musician Premik Russell Tubbs, chimed about a related unearthed treasure, sharing this Seattle Times piece: “How John Coltrane’s Seattle recording of ‘A Love Supreme’ was found, thanks to 2 local saxophonists.”

Recently released by Impulse! Records, the article notes that “this is one of only two known live recordings of Coltrane’s magnificent, spiritually inspired suite,” which Coltrane wrote in the Dix Hills home!