June, 2016 (Huntington, NY) -- On Saturday, July 23rd 12 noon – 10:30 PM (Sunday, July 24th rain date), The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills in conjunction with the Town of Huntington Summer Arts Festival and the Huntington Arts Council will be staging an all-day, affordable, family-friendly festival of live music and music workshops in beautiful Heckscher Park, Huntington Village. “Building Community through Music” is this year’s theme as the event celebrates the legacies of music giants John and Alice Coltrane, who lived in Dix Hills. The Festival will host workshops, master-classes, community jams and live performances for all ages and levels. World class Live music performances, including jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, gospel, electronic music and jamband will be featured, with top local music talent on display. Local arts and food are included this year along with many opportunities for young musicians to play with professionals. With the recent announcement that Tri-State Cadillac has stepped up as Title Sponsor for the event, other corporate sponsors and vendor booths will be available to the public as well.
People may know about Coltrane’s transformative impact on the world of jazz, where he has achieved nearly god-like status. What most people don’t realize is the incredible and acknowledged influence John Coltrane has had on the non-jazz world. From rock, to pop and R&B, world music, rap and hip-hop, Coltrane’s influence has been tremendous. Here are just a few bands and musicians who have credited him with having been extremely influential: the Doors, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Eric Clapton, Bono and U2, Allman Brothers, Mos Def, Rakim, Gil Scott Heron, Common, Flying Lotus, Audioslave, the Byrds… the list is nearly endless. “When you think of the long solo for extended periods of personal expression, think Coltrane,” says Ron Stein, President of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills.
Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2015, the second annual Coltrane Day Music Festival will 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.”
The significance of the Home as the residence of not one but two great African American artists and furthering the Coltrane Legacy cannot be overstated – music which impacted music lovers worldwide and inspired musicians across music genres and cultures, including rock, hip-hop, classical, and Indian and African artists.
The “Friends of the Coltrane Home” -- aka “The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills”
-- hopes that this event can be a boon to the region’s awareness of the Coltranes’ legacy and furthering the organization’s goals. Last year’s event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of “A Love Supreme” – John Coltrane’s iconic masterpiece composed at the home. According to Stein, “This year’s theme -- “Building Community Through Music” – reminds us that nothing brings people together and connects us like music. Creating an event where people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy listening, participating, and developing an appreciation for the incredible gifts the Coltranes have left us is a special opportunity anyone who loves music shouldn’t miss.”
The Day’s Events:
The Coltrane Day Music Festival offers something for everyone, including jazz, funk, blues, electronic, hip-hop, gospel and more with a tremendous lineup of headline talent. Featured artists include jazz and funk trumpet giant