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April 13- A Great Day at the John Coltrane House !!!

It was a morning of jubilation and reunion as jazz musicians, some of whom had not seen each other for years, hugged, exchanged joyful greetings, and retold favorite stories.

More than one hundred fifty strong, they had come from all over the Philadelphia region and beyond to meet at the John Coltrane House and be part of a group photo entitled “A Great Day in Philadelphia.”

 The jazz organizations that brought the musicians together for the photo sought to put the spotlight on the John Coltrane House on Jazz Day.  With the participation of the city’s Arts and Culture office and the mayor, jazz musicians and organizations hoped to galvanize local, national, and international support to raise money to make immediately needed repairs at John Coltrane’s National Historic Landmark residence. The property, though currently unoccupied, retains an exceptionally high degree of interior integrity and is completely authentic to the time that John Coltrane lived there.  

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JAZZ DAY 2012 at The Coltrane House Philadelphia
It was a morning of jubilation and reunion as jazz musicians, some of whom had not seen each other for years, hugged, exchanged joyful greetings, and retold favorite stories.More than one hundred ...

 November 5-Workshops
John Coltrane  House music consultant, Alfie Pollit, arranged with Lovett Hines, education director at the Philadelphia Clef Club, for Barry Harris, the man who taught Alfie piano, to conduct 3 master classes there this past Saturday. For a mere ten dollars participants were able to avail themselves of the vast musical knowledge and teaching experience of this sage old timer. Both novices and experts were in attendance and many were made to acknowledge shortcomings as Harris took participants through exercises he considered indispensable at a basic level that quite a few were having to stretch to reach. He refused to dumb down his expectations, and he urged participants to be “intelligent.” In fact, Harris pronounced dumbed down musicians to not be musicians at all. He conducted his classes with wit and style, and the event was a great success. In discussion now at the Clef Club is the possibility of having Barry Harris Workshops scheduled quarterly.

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Master Class

Oct. 24 - Article

Article on TJCH in Temple University’s online newspaper!

Oct. 4-to date

 Through contact information supplied to him by Fuji, David Tegnell, music scholar, has been corresponding with the TJCH. Tegnell is curator of the Coltrane exhibit at the High Point Museum in North Carolina. He is providing a great deal of information on the genealogy of Coltrane’s family.

    Sept. 28- Surprise visit by Yasuhiro, “Fuji” Fujioka!

A surprise visit to the John Coltrane House Philadelphia office on Fitzwater Street by Yasuhiro, “Fuji” Fujioka. Fuji is a renowned authority on John Coltrane and a collector of Coltrane memorabilia. He is one of the authors of the compendium The John Coltrane Reference. Fuji had come down from New York and was in Philly for a few hours. He had stopped by the John Coltrane House and was disappointed that the National Historic Landmark plaque from the National Park Service was no longer on the front of the building. He was only slightly bolstered by the presence of the Pennsylvania State curbside historical marker. Fuji was pleased to find that the plaque is being stored in our office. It had been removed because the brickwork in which it was set had loosened. Fuji was brought by the office by Alfie Pollit. Alfie is a local jazz pianist and a member of the John Coltrane House Advisory Board.

Sept 23- John Coltrane 85th Birthday Tribute!
The September 23 John Coltrane birthday tribute at the Philadelphia Ethical Society sponsored by the Producers Guild was a triumph of virtuoso performance by bass master Reggie Workman. For the modest ticket price of $30.00, that barely covered costs, audience members were privileged to witness a priceless performance. Early in his career as a bassist Workman played with John Coltrane. From the start, he was considered a jazz bassist against whom others were measured, a position he maintained throughout his long career. Workman played with a strength, vitality, precision, and enthusiasm that belied his seventy-four years. Also, though the venue and turnout were modest, he performed with the same energy, integrity, and care as though before a sellout crowd at Lincoln Center.
 Philly’s own Carl Grubbs’ sax performance was equally outstanding, giving more than fitting tribute to the legendary achievements in music of John Coltrane. Like Workman, Grubbs had played with Coltrane as a young man. Coltrane fans had the rare opportunity to hear two of his associates and younger contemporaries playing together forty five years after Coltrane’s death. Their performance demonstrated the sensitivity, understanding, and skill that are the culmination of decades of dedication and continued reach and growth in their art. It was a night to be remembered by lovers John Coltrane and of authentic music and authentic performance.
Among the audience was Sayeeda Coltrane  (also known as Antonia Anderson) As a young child, Sayeeda moved to the Coltrane House when her mother, Naima, married John Coltrane. In conversation, Sayeeda spoke briefly about living in the House, saying she had many fond memories and proclaimed the back staircase to have been her favorite hangout.
The John Coltrane House set up an information table, the first public announcement of our organization.

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Birthday Celebration/Reggie Workman