Coltrane House fundraiser set for Sunday

Ravi Coltrane stands inside the front living room

Ravi Coltrane stands inside the front living room of the home he grew up in as a child. (June 15, 2011) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

A major fundraiser to benefit the John Coltrane House in Dix Hills is being staged Sunday.

Carlos Santana is expected to host a star-studded event at En Japanese Brasserie in Manhattan, featuring a musical performance by John Coltrane's son, Ravi Coltrane. Other celebrity guests will include Cornel West, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, and poet Sonia Sanchez.

"I hope this is the start of many other events and famous people recognizing the importance of saving this house and recognizing the importance to bringing the museum to life," said Huntington Town board member Susan Berland, who has led efforts to save the house since 2005. "Saving it all comes down to the money."


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The $215 tickets are fully tax-deductible. The benefit brunch and performance is to begin at 11:30 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. at the restaurant at 435 Hudson St. For more information, visit coltranehome.eventbrite.com.

Steve Fulgoni, a vice president of the nonprofit Friends of the Coltrane Home, the town-approved foundation in charge of the property, said the restaurant and the special guests are donating their services so proceeds will go to the foundation.

The town bought the 3.4-acre estate for $975,000 in 2005 from a developer who had plans to demolish the home and subdivide the property.

Since then, supporters have tried to raise funds to restore the home to the era when Coltrane, his wife, Alice, and their four children lived there, and to build a museum and educational center honoring the jazz saxophonist and composer.

Coltrane lived in the Candlewood Path home between 1964 and 1967. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2011 was named among America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

The foundation in 2011 received grants from state parks and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, worth a total of $43,000. The money was to fund a report to guide restoration of the site. But the donation by an architectural firm of the report and an anonymous monetary donation allowed the foundation to use the money for some recently completed projects including a new roof, soffits, and gutters.

"We've come a real long way. We are having this fundraiser to hopefully raise some more funds to take us to the next level," Fulgoni said.

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