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Carlos Santana fundraiser nets $30,000 for John Coltrane home repair

Guitar legend Carlos Santana speaks at the Save

Guitar legend Carlos Santana speaks at the Save the Coltrane Home fundraiser at EN Japanese Brasserie in Manhattan. (Oct. 06, 2013) Credit: Yana Paskova

A bid to restore the former home of jazz great John Coltrane in Dix Hills has a fresh infusion of money -- about $30,000 -- thanks to a recent fundraiser, officials said Monday.

The event last month hosted by guitar legend Carlos Santana in Manhattan featured musical and spoken-word guests and attracted hundreds of fans, from teenagers to seniors. The money raised will go toward renovating the home to make it a jazz lovers' historic destination.

"There are still a couple of payables out, but $30,000 seems to be what will be the final number," said Ron Stein, chief financial officer of Friends of the John Coltrane Home -- the Huntington Town-approved foundation managing the property the town bought in 2005. "We have a significant amount of money to raise over the next year, so it's on our part to seize the energy that exists and reach out to people."

Stein said so far about $120,000 has been raised through grants and donations, not including the Santana event and a crowdfunding campaign. Stein said the amount of in-kind contributions has exceeded several thousand dollars.

The house, proposed as a museum at least since 2004, has undergone extensive renovations in recent years. The first and second floors have been gutted and mold removed, and a new roof has been installed, all in keeping with historic standards. Next up is restoration of the basement where Coltrane had a recording studio.

"Our hope and plan is to have a historic home open to visitors who will be able to see the home the way that it was and also to look at memorabilia, look at archives, listen to recordings," Steve Fulgoni, a vice president of the foundation, said.

Coltrane and his family lived at the Candlewood Path house between 1964 and 1967. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

The four-bedroom ranch home is where Coltrane composed what is considered his masterpiece: "A Love Supreme."

"The plan for this museum, in terms of all the memorabilia it's going to house and all the things it can teach future generations about this great jazz musician, is invaluable," said town board member Susan Berland, who has led efforts to create the museum.

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