It’s been a great summer for jazz in Philadelphia. There were weekly outdoor jazz festivals and concerts, real music performed by skilled musicians. This summer highlighted Philadelphias a town with a deep jazz heritage, strong jazz appreciation, and a host of current expert practitioners.
As part of a summer of non stop live jazz, the Coltrane House presented the Abdur Rashid Group July 27. This free outdoor concert was given in front of the House with Coltrane fans, friends, neighbors, and passersby enjoying performance by five master musicians.
What a difference a day makes! Philadelphia Jazz Day 2012 at the John
Coltrane House has made an enormous difference for our organization – giving us
a huge boost in visibility and support. We thank the jazz musicians, jazz
organizations, and the officials from the city of Philadelphia who made the Jazz Day event
possible and successful.
Since April 13, activity on our website has zoomed. The John
Coltrane House has had numerous inquiries, offers of support, some donations
and a number of people pledging to donate when their finances permit.
NOW, THIS IS A
A few weeks ago I took a friend through the John Coltrane
House. Like most everyone else, once inside the residence, she was enchanted.
It is a very beautiful place. She noted the antique tile floor and walls of the
entrance way, glass door knobs on all the doors, kitchen pantry, back
staircase, large built in wooden wardrobes in the front bedrooms, ten foot
ceilings. The house has an aspect and dignity of an earlier, more formal time
and exudes “atmosphere.” There are six bedrooms, four large and two smaller,
and two full baths.