Santana Steps Up For Coltrane Home
Supporters of efforts to restore legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane’s Dix Hills home are raising money in Manhattan next month with a hand from another musical legend.
Iconic guitarist Carlos Santana will be a guest of honor at an Oct. 6 brunch at En Brasserie in Manhattan.
“Carlos Santana did record an album with Alice Coltrane, and Carlos Santana is a very large John Coltrane fan,” said Steve Fulgoni, the founder of Friends of the Coltrane Home and the board’s vice president. Coltrane’s son, Ravi, and other members of the Coltrane family head the organization.
The Town of Huntington owns the property at 247 Candlewood Path in Dix Hills, where Coltrane lived from 1963 until his sudden death in 1967. Friends of the Coltrane Home owns the home; the group is currently spearheading an exterior overhaul of the home.
“It’ll be a major leap of progress right before the event, and we’re having the fundraising event to hopefully raise enough money to continue on the inside,” Fulgoni said.
With some work, the home, which was as recently as 2011 listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s 11 most endangered historic places, could be fully functioning, with utilities and air conditioning restored, by 2014. Coltrane composed one of his most famous acclaimed records, 1965’s “A Love Supreme,” in the Dix Hills home.
“We hope that the home from the outside is restored to exactly how it was in the 1960s, so there will be no change as far as its view from the street. It will fit nicely into the neighborhood,” Fulgoni said.
The finished home will also serve as a reflection of why Coltrane chose to move to Dix Hills, which offered quiet rural-suburban surroundings while allowing fairly easy access for the performer to New York City, Fulgoni said.
“When he came to the part of his life where he wanted to raise his family and enter that part of his creative life, he chose Huntington and he chose Dix Hills – that’s a testament to the Town of Huntington as well, that one of the most famous artists in the world chose our town,” Fulgoni said.
Tickets for the brunch are $200. For more information, visit http://coltranehome.eventbrite.com.