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Coltrane Sax Donated to Smithsonian

The legendary jazz musician wrote 'A Love Supreme' in his Dix Hills home.

Credit: National Museum of American History
Credit: National Museum of American History

A tenor saxaphone owned by John Coltrane, who once lived in Dix Hills, is now part of the Smithsonian jazz collection.

The saxaphone – a Mark VI tenor crafted Henri Selmer Paris – was donated on Wednesday by Coltrane’s son, Ravi, also a jazz musician, Smithsonian.com reported.

“Every time I open the case to look at the saxophone, I get goosebumps,” said John Edward Hasse, the museum’s curator of American music, at the donation ceremony, according to Smithsonian.com. 

The legendary jazz musician lived in a brick house at 247 Candlewood Path in Dix Hills with his wife Alice, and son Ravi. It was in this home, now a Huntington landmark, where he composed "A Love Supreme." John Coltrane called Dix Hills home until his death in 1967.

Ravi Coltrane’s donation coincides with the 50th anniversary of his father’s “A Love Supreme,” as well as the museum’s 13th annual Jazz Appreciation Month.  

On display at the Smithsonian are photographs donated by Chuck Stewart of the "A Love Supreme" recording session in 1964. In addition, Coltrane’s original score of "A Love Supreme" will be on display in the “American Stories” exhibition through June 17.

Experience “A Love Supreme” on YouTube. 

John Coltrane’s Dix Hill home was listed in the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of “11 Most Endangered Historic Places” in 2011. Friends of the John Coltrane Home, founded by Steve Fulgoni and the Coltrane family, hopes to transform it into an education center.
Beatrice March 27, 2014 at 11:32 PM
I'm the reporter who wrote this piece, and I started my journalism career by editing the Scarsdale Patch site in Westchester County. Now I've been aggregated by Patch. It's all come full circle. Thanks for the link, and for reminding me where I started.
Adina Genn March 28, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Hi Beatrice, thanks for commenting. Are you at the Smithsonian now?
Beatrice March 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM
Yes, I'm a fellow there. I went to grad school at Northwestern after my time at Patch. I write for the magazine and website; it's a wonderful experience.
Adina Genn March 29, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Fantastic! Thanks for keeping in touch.


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