[JPL] COLTRANE HOME IN DIX HILLS, NY RECEIVES NATIONAL HISTORIC DESIGNATION

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COLTRANE HOME IN 
DIX HILLS, NY 
RECEIVES NATIONAL HISTORIC DESIGNATION
Suburban Long Island Home of John & Alice Coltrane Receives Rare Designation
Coltrane Home Seeks Continued Preservation and Creation of Museum and
Education Center
Huntington, NY, September 4, 2007 - The Dix Hills, Long Island home of jazz
musical greats, John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, has just been added to
both the New York State and the National Register of Historic Places. The
home was the residence of the Coltrane family from 1964 to 1973 John
Coltrane, a renowned saxophonist and composer, composed "A Love Supreme" -
one of the largest-selling jazz albums of all time - at the home. John
Coltrane passed away in 1967.
According to Robert C. Hughes, Huntington Town Historian, "It's relatively
unusual for a mid-fifties' home to receive historic landmark designations.
This attests to the significance of this site as the location from which the
music of the Coltranes tremendously impacted the music world. This also
confirms the Town of Huntington's belief that this is a significant
landmark." 
The attainment of these designations is seen as a key step in the complete
preservation of the home; as well as its planned future conversion to a
museum and archive of important jazz and music material, and educational
center -- as envisioned by the Coltrane family and the participants of The
Coltrane Home, a not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation of
the home. According to musician Ravi Coltrane, son of John and Alice
Coltrane, who lived in the home as a child, "It was my Mom, Alice's express
vision to help use this home to provide inspiration about music as an
incredibly positive force, and explore the joys of making music for people
of all ages. This is a great step towards that vision." Alice Coltrane,
harpist and pianist, passed away in January 2007.
The home of the Coltrane family was spared the wrecking ball in 2004, after
Dix Hills historian Steve Fulgoni discovered that it had been sold to a
developer, whose intended to clear the land and build luxury home on the
site.  Fulgoni, a long-time fan of John Coltrane, brought the situation to
the attention of the Town of Huntington and succeeded in convincing them of
the historical significance of the home.  In 2005, with the support of
musicians and jazz aficionados around the world, including Carlos Santana
and Herbie Hancock, the Town agreed to purchase the site.  
When learning the news of the Coltrane Home's historic designation, Mr.
Fulgoni's said, "This has been a long, arduous effort to save the Home. We
truly appreciate the State and Federal recognition of the legacy of the
Coltranes, and this can help unlock some of the funding we will need to
restore this home. This is a great, great step."
The Coltrane Home is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.
For more information, contact Jehudith Cohen:
(e) jehudithcohen at yahoo.com / (p) 516.521.4791
www.thecoltranehome.org


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