The Coltrane spirit

September 29, 2008

The spirit of John Coltrane came alive at the library on Sunday, September 28.  Dave Liebman, along with John’s son Ravi, enthralled the audience with stories from John’s life and times,  and helped us to understand the beauty and complexity in John’s music.  At the end of the discussion the two jazz giants treated us to a live taste of Coltrane music and took questions from the audience.

We brought Dave and Ravi upstairs to look at our Coltrane Collection computer, and couldn’t drag them away!  We watched as they enjoyed reminiscing through the pictures and sounds with some help from visiting Coltrane scholar Yasuhiro “Fuji” Fujioka.

A Love Supreme

May 2, 2008

We are so excited here at the library to be part of the community effort to restore the last home of the brilliant jazz artist John Coltrane. John lived here in Dix Hills and it was in this house that he composed “A Love Supreme,” one of his best-known and most beloved works. One of our patrons, Steve Fulgoni, came to the rescue when the house was set for demolition, but now he needs our help bringing it back to life. The first step will be a computer in the library dedicated to a large Coltrane collection of music and pictures, suitable for students, scholars or just the casual user. In the fall, the library will be part of an educational music program that will feature John’s son Ravi, and saxophonists David Liebman and Joe Lovano.

We share Steve’s dream of bringing life back to the house, fill it with children learning about jazz and how a musician lived his life in suburbs, and to inspire visitors with John Coltrane’s deep spirit and soul, which can still be felt when you walk through the rooms.

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