John Coltrane House Tour
September 23rd 2012
The John Coltrane House partners with Art Sanctuary
in an exciting program to celebrate
John Coltrane's Birthday!
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23
1511 North 33rd Street 11:00am-7:00pm
John Coltrane's creative genius brought to reality the possibilities for good he saw in music. His music enriches and empowers the mind, body, and soul.
Coltrane brought jazz not just to a higher level but to a whole new dimension.
In celebration of Coltrane's 86th Birthday,
for the first time ever John Coltrane's Philadelphia home
will be open to the general public!!
View this century old historic house and join us in our mission
to restore this irreplaceable treasure.
Celebrate John Coltrane's Birthday with a walk through his space
at The John Coltrane House National Historic Landmark
1511 North 33rd Street, Philadelphia,
Alfie Pollitt Trio with Allen Nelson
and Nimrod Speakes at 6:00pm!!!
Art Sanctuary Coltrane Birthday Jazz Concert
at the Church of the Advocate FREE!!!
18th and Diamond Streets
"John Coltrane... His gift is directly from God
and is very powerful!" -Carlos Santana.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH! June 29, 2012
The Comeback “Philly Style” at the Painted Bride
The John Coltrane House was there!
Special thanks to Isaac Hamm, CEO of IM3Media, creator of the Black Music Month event The Comeback “Philly Style,” who warmly embraced the John Coltrane House. Hamm saw the preservation of John Coltrane’s National Historic Landmark Philadelphia home as integrally connected to the mission of IM3Media’s The Comeback “Philly Style” to preserve black music and culture and Philadelphia’s important contributions, while offering new and upcoming performers a platform.
Hamm had invited The John Coltrane House to set up an information table with donation jar. There was also an Emcee announcement about our organization and video presentation. Thank you, Isaac.
St. Martin-in-the Fields Episcopal Church
The generous congregation and pastor of St. Martin’s donated the collection proceeds of their jazz vespers Ascension Eve service to the John Coltrane House National Historic Landmark.
The Rector Jarrett Kerbel of St. Martin’s has been a Coltrane enthusiast since college. When Rev. Kerbel found out that Coltrane was from Philly and that Coltrane has an historic house here, he felt he had to help in The John Coltrane House campaign to raise money to restore the property. St. Martin’s congregation agreed.
The John Coltrane House is thrilled with St. Martin’s joining our cause. Their contribution is confirmation of their confidence in our organization and in our ability to realize our goal for restoration of John Coltrane’s historic home.
Thank you St. Martin’s for your donation and for your faith in The John Coltrane House.
JAZZ DAY 2012
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 allover 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 putt he 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.
Special Visit From Yasuhiro Fujioka!!!
Globe trotting Coltrane biographer Fuji was back in Philadelphia and visited the Coltrane House on 33 Street and our office next to the Philadelphia Clef Club on Fitzwater Street. Fuji presented The John Coltrane House founder Lenora Early with a copy of his recently published third Coltrane biography.
March 17-Celebrating Women's History Month
Celebrating Women’s History Month brother-in-law Leo Gadson brought women’s string quartet, Eboni Strings to the Ethical Society Auditorium. Eboni Strings is headed by Kathleen Thomas, veteran violinist, career music educator, and arranger for the group. Other members of the quartet were partner and veteran violinist Tanya Murphy joined by undergraduate music majors Ashley Vines on viola and Kristine Raymond on cello. These four classy ladies gave a well received,relaxing, family friendly performance of pop, jazz, and classical favorites.
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.
Oct. 24 - Article
Article on TJCH in Temple University’s online newspaper!
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.
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.
John Coltrane 85th Birthday Tribute!
The September 23John 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.
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.
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 setup an information table,
the first public announcement of our organization.