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This is What John Coltrane's House Looks Like Today

The brick ranch house on Candlewood Path has already been gutted by workers, and dumpsters on the site on Monday were filled with remnants of interior walls.

The Dix Hills home where saxophonist John Coltrane composed the epic "A Love Supreme." Credit: Henry Powderly
The Dix Hills home where saxophonist John Coltrane composed the epic "A Love Supreme." Credit: Henry Powderly
The Dix Hills home where saxophonist John Coltrane composed the epic "A Love Supreme" is now a Huntington town landmark, and lovers of the jazz great are hard at work trying to raise enough money to restore the home.

They've got a lot of work to do.

The brick ranch house on Candlewood Path has already been gutted by workers, and dumpsters on the site on Monday were filled with remnants of interior walls. Much of the brick exterior, however, is cracked and crumbling. Steps have collapsed into piles of loose bricks; walls slouch.

Coltrane penned "A Love Supreme" in the home, and fans of the jazz legend hope to raise $85,000 to restore the house. Son Ravi Coltrane, Santana, Elvis Costello and others recently held the benefit at En Japanese Brasserie in Manhattan.

Coltrane lived in Dix Hills with his wife Alice, and son Ravi, until his death in 1967. Then, in 1971, Alice moved the family to California and the house was eventually sold to a developer who planned to knock it down.

That's when Steve Fulgoni, who lives in Dix Hills, formed Friends of the Coltrane Home and fought for its landmark status.

Fulgoni hopes to turn the home into a music center for area kids once the building is restored.

Les Millett October 15, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Here's the sad part of it all -- I'm sure that 75% of all American high school students have never even heard of John Coltrane...or Ornette Coleman, or Charlie Parker, or Thelonious Monk, or...
fit4ufor3rd October 15, 2013 at 08:22 PM
no worries les, my son knows them all. graduated with a degree in musical performance.
Wayne Winston October 17, 2013 at 09:18 AM
I always teach my beginning students Naima and Equinox. I first got into jazz by listening to those Coltrane songs, now I teach them along with Miles to my groups.
Jim October 17, 2013 at 05:57 PM
My son is only 12 but I know I raised him right. He has Coltrane and Miles Davis on his iPod. What a truly a great legend he was.
Henry Powderly (Editor) October 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Thank you for the comments, everyone. Nice to know there are Trane fans out there.
Michael Kline October 18, 2013 at 03:13 PM
LOTS OF TRANE FANS out here...and always will be as long as people have ears. His work with Johnny Hartman remains some of the sweetest sax music ever.
fit4ufor3rd October 18, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Michael kline is a common name. but Michael kline and coltran together, I am thinking we know each other, Buddy, is that you??
Philip Ocasio October 18, 2013 at 09:52 PM
I began playing sax in HS. My friend Herman turned me on to Coltrane back then, and told to pick up Giant Steps, I did... it was 1969. Could not wait to hear him, as I took off the selofane of the album cover. Placed on the turn table... LOL, younger folks will not know about turn tables and records. Giant Steps start... Melody is catchy, but when he begins his improvisation, I said, what the heck is this, what is he doing? Today, I can say that I have supported his music, owning most of his recordings now on CD's, not counting the many albums I bought back then... truly one of the greats, if not the greatest saxophone player we have seen in two generations. I finally read the liner notes and understood what he was doing, taking the notes of a chord and playing them in may different phrases or riffs, but it's more than that, his execution, embellishments, tone, ghost notes, and of course, his altissimo. I do not know about other readings, but I'm going to try to help as much as possible to rebuild his home for the children and future Jazz artist that will come forth from Coltrane's Home as a music school or center. Please help... PS Till this day I continue to play his solos with the transposed solo charts, it feels really good when I get them right.
Randall Rice October 19, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Believe me, Coltrane is very much alive and remembered by many. As dir of music for a Black Lutheran Church, he was one of the featured musicians among other black greats for our Black History celebrations a few years ago, and our kids do know of him.

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