In Perfect Harmony For Coltrane
Supporters of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills are teaming up with Huntington village’s popular music venue The Paramount to drum up local support for a Manhattan fundraiser in support of efforts to restore the home and begin its new phase as a museum.
The Friends of Coltrane Home organization is hosting an Oct. 6 fundraiser at En Brasserie in Manhattan, where honorary board chairman and music icon Carlos Santana will kick off a series of fundraisers ahead of a proposed fall 2014 soft opening of the Coltrane Home. The opening is being timed with the 50th anniversary of the release of Coltrane’s masterpiece, “A Love Supreme,” which was composed and recorded at the home in 1964.
“I’ve always wanted to partner with The Paramount,” said Ron Stein, the COO of Friends of Coltrane Home. “It’s a perfectly appropriate partnership – a great marriage.”
Stein, who also serves as president of Vision Long Island, said the partnership is looking to arrange bus transportation for Huntington residents attending the fundraiser.
“This is a Huntington effort and a Huntington home. It’s appropriate that we show a very, very strong representation at this event,” he said. “Nothing could be more effective when we’re in this room of luminaries and dignitaries to demonstrate how committed and interested the people of Huntington are and how much we value this extraordinarily important historic property.”
Dominic Catoggio, one of The Paramount’s owners, said, “We’re throwing a lot of ideas around, but it’s too early to be specific. One thing’s for sure, we’ll be using our connections in the music industry and our own considerable reach to Long Island music lovers to create some exciting opportunities for people to get involved and to help.”
The Oct. 6 fundraiser in Manhattan kicks off a series of fundraisers aimed at reaching a $350,000 goal, which would be used to open the home as a museum with research archives, an education center, a digital listening area and a complete model of Coltrane’s basement studio and a meditation garden in the home’s backyard dedicated to Alice Coltrane.
John’s son, Ravi Coltrane, and his band are scheduled to perform at the fundraiser.
Supervisor Frank Petrone said The Paramount has a unique pulpit from which they can advocate for the home.
“There’s a big following on this home. It’s not only here in Huntington. The following goes into the city, it goes throughout the country,” he said.
Friends of the Coltrane Home founder Steve Fulgoni discovered the home, located at 247 Candlewood Road, in the early 2000s, when it was in closing with a developer and slated for demolition. He immediately launched a campaign to save the home from the wrecking ball, which concluded in 2004 when the Town of Huntington voted to buy the property and deed the home to the Friends of Coltrane Home. Since then, the group has been slowly raising money to stabilize and repair the home.
Other fundraising events in 2014 include: a reading by writer and jazz enthusiast Stanley Crouch; an event at Dix Hills’ Five Towns College, and a saxophone summit led by Dave Liebman.
“It’s great that there’s a big push to continue raising money so that this can be opened to the public and his memorabilia can be brought to the home,” Councilwoman Susan Berland said.
Stein is also serving as project coordinator of the Legacy Education Project, which aims to fulfill Alice Coltrane’s vision to see the restored Coltrane Home reach out to the community and provide educational services for children of all ages. Curriculum is under development and extensive programming is expected to begin next fall.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $200. Visit http://coltranehome.eventbrite.com.