A Dix Hills organization is planning a benefit Sunday to raise money to preserve the home of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane.
The Friends of the Coltrane Home are also running an online campaign to raise $85,000 to preserve the house at 247 Candlewood Path in Dix Hills, which was saved from demolition after Coltrane fan Steve Fulgoni contacted Town of Huntington officials. The town purchased the property on behalf of the Friends of the Coltrane Home group and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
Coltrane's greatest work, A Love Supreme, was written in the Dix Hills house.
Sunday's benefit is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at En Brasserie, 435 Hudson St., New York, with such guest speakers as Dr. Cornel West and Ashley Kahn. Music will be provided by the Ravi Coltrane Quartet.
Carlos Santana is the newly elected honorary board chairman of the organization.
John Coltrane died in Huntington in 1967. He was 40.
The fundraiser kicks off a season of fundraising by the organization geared toward fulfilling the vision of opening the home permanently as a public museum with research archives, an education center, a digital listening area and a complete model of the famous basement recording studio. There will be a meditation garden in the expansive back yard of the home dedicated to Alice Coltrane and the spiritual practice of the Coltranes.
The Friends of the Coltrane Home cleaned up and stabilized the home and funded a historic structures report. Now it needs exterior restoration and mold remediation. This will be followed by further exterior and interior restoration and ultimately a museum interpretation of the home to make it as accessible and user-friendly as possible.