According to a Sept. 30 post from Patch.com, Carlos Santana – newly announced Honorary Board Chairman of the Coltrane Home — and The Friends of the Coltrane Home are hosting their first annual fundraiser event on Oct. 6, 2013, at En Brasserie in Manhattan.
The event will support the pressing restoration needs of the historic home in Dix Hills, Long Island, of jazz legend John Coltrane and his wife, the respected jazz pianist Alice Coltrane.
Identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the most endangered historic places in the country, the Coltrane Home is a modest dwelling that housed one of the giants of jazz and American history.
Coltrane composed “A Love Supreme” – one of the greatest musical works of the 20th century – in the home, where he also raised his family. 2014 is the 50th anniversary of this masterpiece, and The Friends of the Coltrane Home nonprofit organization seeks to open the home to the public for a limited time in 2014 to celebrate the “love supreme” created and shared by the Coltrane family.
“The Coltrane Home is a beacon to anyone interested in jazz history, cultural history, African American history, New York history and American history,” Santana said. “I invite everyone to listen to the music of John Coltrane. You will be moved immensely and want to visit the home where this enduring spiritual legacy of music and family was nurtured.”
Speakers on Oct. 6 include jazz fan Dr. Cornel West and Ashley Kahn, author of “A Love Supreme.”
West will acknowledge the cultural legacy of Coltrane, and Kahn will speak about “A Love Supreme” and its impact on jazz.
Awarded saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and his quartet will offer music. Ravi Coltrane is the son of John Coltrane and a steward of the historic home he lived in as a child. Invited guests include Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Heath, Marcus Miller, Wynton Marsalis, Sonia Sanchez and more. Honorary board members are Santana, Tavis Smiley and musicians Heath, David Liebman and Miller.
Tickets are $200 and are fully tax-deductible. Ticket sales are open to the public. Visit http://coltranehome.eventbrite.com to purchase. The event will be held Oct. 6 at En Japanese Brasserie, from 11:30-3pm.
The Oct. 6 fundraiser kicks off a season of fundraising by the organization geared toward fulfilling the vision of opening the home permanently as a public museum with research archives, an education center, a digital listening area and a complete model of the famous basement recording studio. There will be a meditation garden in the expansive back yard of the home dedicated to Alice Coltrane and the spiritual practice of the Coltranes.
While the home has been saved from the wrecking ball, much more needs to be done. The Friends of the Coltrane Home, created and spearheaded initially by local resident and jazz fan Steve Fulgoni, accomplished a cleanup and stabilization of the home and funded a historic structures report. The needs now are exterior restoration and mold remediation. This will be followed by further exterior and interior restoration and ultimately a museum interpretation of the home to make it as accessible and user-friendly as possible.
Other fundraising events planned for 2014 include a reading by writer and jazz supporter Stanley Crouch; an event at Five Towns College on Long Island; and a saxophone summit fundraiser concert led by Dave Liebman. An initial fundraising goal of $350,000 has been set.