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Coltrane’s Long Island Home Designated a Historical Place

The Dix Hills, Long Island home of jazz saxophone immortal John Coltrane and his wife Alice Coltrane has 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 passed away in 1967. Alice, who was married to John only during the last year of his life and was a respected jazz musician and composer herself, died in January of this year.

In a press release, Robert C. Hughes, town historian of Huntington, New York, said, “It’s relatively unusual for a mid-’50s 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.”

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.”

The suburban home was spared the wrecking ball in 2004, after Dix Hills historian Steve Fulgoni discovered that it had been sold to a developer, who intended to clear the land and build luxury home on the site. Fulgoni, a longtime 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.

The Coltrane Home is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

(Photo of John and Alice Coltrane by Chuck Stewart)

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