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On Saturday, July 20th, The John and Alice Coltrane Home, in conjunction with the Town of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council, will present a truly unique cultural and family-friendly event as the Fifth Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival returns to Heckscher Park! The all-day festival will feature live performances, music workshops, family activities, and a wide range of local food vendors, non-profit organizations, and businesses celebrating the legacy of music giants and humanitarians John and Alice Coltrane, who lived in Dix Hills.
Admission is free, although donations are requested to help support the restoration of the historic John and Alice Coltrane Home located in Dix Hills, Huntington, NY. Coltrane Day 2019 follows on the heels of The Coltrane Home’s recent highly public designation as a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Home also recently inducted rock guitarist Derek Trucks and jazz pianist McCoy Tyner to its Honorary Board. Most recently it received an African American Cultural Heritage Action Grant from the National Trust for its first hire.
This year’s music lineup will bring together a unique blend of artists and bands including Sax Legend Dave Liebman, along with pianist Emmet Cohen with drummer Tootie Heath. The Daytime is led by the legendary Allman Brothers drummer and founding member Jaimoe, and his “Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band”.
Other acts will include Andrea Brachfeld’s Latin Jazz Quintet with Phoenix
Rising Women, Rudra’s East West Fusion with Premik Russell Tubbs, Fantuzzi Woodstock 50 Celebration, and the return of two of Long Island’s Rising Stars trumpeter Jonathan Dely and the hip-hop jazz of Dudley Music. They will be joined by numerous Special Guests to be announced at the event.
Workshops make this a unique event, and some of the workshops featured will include “Playing Together - Family Improvisation & Drumming” (Ages 5-10), “Girls/Ladies Only! Improvisation”, “African Dance”, “Songwriting”, “Brazilian Drumming with John Ward”, “Rap - Freestylin’”, “Electronic Music/Beats” and more. This year, jazz legend Dave Liebman leads the “Master Class”.
Workshop pre-registration on the website is strongly recommended and can be completed on the website workshop registration page at: www.thecoltranehome.org. (Dave Liebman Master Class requires pre-registration.)
Another special feature of Coltrane Day, is the “Community Jam”, where mid- and higher-level musicians young and old can perform with the pros on stage. Later in the day, Fantuzzi will lead the “Fantuzzi Jam” alongside skilled local amateurs.
Attendees can also visit the community, environmental and artists exhibits and participate in children’s activities, including face-painting!
While many may know about Coltrane’s transformative impact on the world of jazz, where he has achieved iconic status - what many may not know is his wider-reaching influence on so many other genres from rock to pop and R&B, world music, rap and hip-hop, and the ever-growing list of subgenres that exist today. Carlos Santana, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers are only a few of the many artists who attribute Coltrane as a major influence.
Building on the success of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 - the Fifth Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival will continue to raise funds for the restoration and transformation of the home into a cultural center and park and support ongoing and expanded education and outreach programming focused on empowering young people and fostering creativity.
This is consistent with the late Alice Coltrane’s stated goal for the Home, to “Inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the making of music and the creative process.”
Performers & Facilitators
David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching nearly fifty years. He has played with masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others; authored books and instructional DVDs which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field; recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz. He has performed on over 500 recordings with over 200 as a leader/co-leader featuring several hundred original compositions. International recognitions and awards. With his group, Expansions, Dave Liebman is following in the footsteps of Miles Davis and Elvin Jones who mentored him in the early 1970s providing the kind of experience that can only happen on the bandstand.
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation's pivotal figures in music. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Downbeat observed that his "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he's above any convoluted technical showmanship." In the same spirit, Cohen himself has noted that playing jazz is "about communicating the deepest levels of humanity and individuality; it's essentially about connections," both among musicians and with audiences. He leads his namesake ensemble, the "Emmet Cohen Trio.”
Albert "Tootie" Heath is an American jazz hard bop drummer, the brother of tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and the double-bassist Percy Heath. He first recorded in 1957 with John Coltrane. From 1958 to 1974 he worked with, among others, J. J. Johnson, Wes Montgomery, Art Farmer and Benny Golson's Jazztet, Cedar Walton, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Herbie Hancock, Friedrich Gulda, Nina Simone, and Yusef Lateef. In 1975, he, Jimmy and Percy formed the Heath Brothers. He remained with the group until 1978, then left to freelance. He has recorded extensively throughout his career.
Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band
Jai Johanny Johanson, frequently known by the stage name Jaimoe, is an American drummer and percussionist, best known as one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. Jaimoe's Jasssz Band's repertoire ranges from new interpretations of classic tunes, as well as original songs that are classics in the making. Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band features Jaimoe - drums, Junior Mack - guitar and vocals, Dave Stoltz - bass, Brian Charette- keyboards, and some of the finest horn players of our time, including Kris Jensen - sax and Reggie Pittman - trumpet.
Andrea Brachfeld is an American jazz and Latin jazz flutist.
She has worked with Slide Hampton, Alfredo de la Fé, Bill O'Connell, Roberto Carcassés, Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, Joe Newman, Kenwood Dennard, Nestor Torres, Oscar Hernandez, Paquito D'Rivera, Ralph Irrizarry, Ray Barretto, Rufus Reid, Steve Turre, Tito Puente, Wallace Roney, Wayne Wallace, Winard Harper, and Wycliffe Gordon
Her breakthrough came when she became flutist for the Latin band Charanga '76. She is also an integral part of the Wallace Roney Universe Orchestra, playing Wayne Shorter's long lost music originally written for Miles Davis.
Bobby Rozario and RUDRA is an international group of musicians who create music of pure exaltation--virtuosic, intellectual and spiritual. The interaction amongst the artists is unparalleled, with its instrumental jubilation creating a unique sound that enthralls the audience. RUDRA's music blends timeless Indian ragas with western jazz, producing original fusion music through improvisation and structure. Each musician brings to the group an uncommon perspective and mastery of his instrument.
Fantuzzi is back once again after electrifying Coltrane Day audiences in the past. He began his musical career in New York in the 1960's. Since then he has steadily performed in numerous concerts, festivals, and events world wide. In addition to his songwriting and music, Fantuzzi leads workshops, and speaks publicly with a focus on teaching compassion and raising spiritual consciousness. As an activist, his mission is to promote world peace and to raise spiritual awareness. Fantuzzi has performed a major role in the Rainbow Family since the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, when he attended it, helped MC, and became the iconic Newsweek Magazine cover for the world changing music festival.
Premik Russell Tubbs is a composer, arranger, producer and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist performs on various flutes, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, wind synthesizers, and lap steel guitar. Premik has worked with everyone from Carlos Santana to Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Narada Michael Walden, James Taylor, Sting and Lady Gaga just to name a few. He is equally adept in pop, R&B, jazz, world and experimental genres.
Premik has become a regular at Coltrane Day events.
Guitarist and vocalist, Junior Mack, picked up a guitar and taught himself to play at the age of nine. His soulful style is rooted in gospel and blues. Among his vocal influences are The Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke and Paul Foster, The Sensational Nightingales with Reverend Julius Cheeks, and Gregg Allman. Inspiration for his guitar playing developed from artists such as Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Jan Akkerman and Wes Montgomery.Mack has worked or shared the stage with a list of contemporary blues heavyweights, including The Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Dickey Betts and the late David Honeyboy Edwards. He is currently a member of the Harlem Blues Project. Junior Mack was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on September 25, 2011 as “Great Blues Artist from New York”.
Jonathan Dely, 26, is an award-winning trumpet soloist from New York, New York. Jonathan graduated with latin honors from Williams College, where he was awarded the prestigious Arthur Judson Prize in music. During his senior year in college, Jonathan declined a full-time investment banking position on Wall Street, where he worked the summer prior, in order to pursue a career as a solo trumpet artist. Shortly thereafter, he applied and was accepted on scholarship to the graduate program in jazz trumpet performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he would earn his Master’s degree in 2017. Jonathan has become a prolific performer at venues including Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, The NAMM Show, Blue Note NYC, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Django, Highline Ballroom, and the Princeton Club of New York, where he serves as Artist in Residence. Jonathan is recognized as a rising star, with his band in high demand for events ranging from private engagements to ticketed concerts.
Dudley Music is a Long Island-based Hip-Hop artist, and Jazz musician, playing saxophone, keys, guitar, drums, flute, clarinet and MPC. He performs, curates and hosts events around Long Island, NYC and neighboring east coast cities. Following his graduation from Brentwood High School, Dudley pursued and earned a degree in Music Performance from Nyack College in New York City. When he is not creating or performing, Dudley is contributing to the growth of Long Island’s community of musicians and visual artists.
More About The Coltrane Home:
A little over fifty years ago, Coltrane’s opus work, “A Love Supreme”, considered by many music enthusiasts and jazz critics to be among the most influential pieces of music of the 20th century, was composed at their Dix Hills home. The Coltranes moved into the Home in 1964. (After John’s passing in 1967, Alice sold the Home in 1973 and moved to Los Angeles.) The Home was slated for demolition until jazz enthusiast and Dix Hills resident Steven Fulgoni helped publicize the significance of the property. In 2004 an outpouring of support from around the world, including letters from Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, and many others persuaded the Town of Huntington to purchase the property and convert the site into a park. The Home was placed in the hands of “The Friends of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills” – aka “The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills”.
According to Friends of the Coltrane Home President Ron Stein, saving and restoring the Home is the right thing to do. “John Coltrane is revered as a music god across all music genres, generations and around the globe. It’s as if Beethoven had composed his Ninth Symphony right here on Long Island. People around the world will recognize Dix Hills, Huntington and Long Island as the Home of John Coltrane. This place is a Long Island gem.” Continues Stein, “His legacy is more than his music. His desire to use music as a force for good, his embracing of diversity, his kindness, and his work ethic and commitment to excellence set an inspirational model for all of us.”
The Home is equally about the late Alice Coltrane, and music giant and trailblazer in her own right who recorded her first five seminal albums in the home’s basement recording studio she designed with John. One of the relatively small group of women who were able to break through as bona fide jazz artists, Alice Coltrane replaced McCoy Tyner on piano in John Coltrane’s Classic Quartet, became a legendary harpist and Wurlitzer organist, and as a band leader played and performed spiritual music. She performed with guitar legends Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin. John McLaughlin, who toured with Alice, had tremendous admiration and reflected that “she blew me away!”
Designated a “National Treasure”. In October 2018, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the Home a “National Treasure” seeing it as one of the critical cultural sites the U.S.
Since the time the non-profit acquired the Home, then abandoned for several years, considerable work has been done to stabilize the Home and progress to opening the Home as a cultural and education center, working closely with the National Trust as key partners. A recent grant from the National Trust is currently funding a Project Manager for the organization.