John Coltrane House

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This article is about the John Coltrane House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, New York, see John Coltrane Home.
John Coltrane House
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John Coltrane House is located in Pennsylvania
John Coltrane House
Location 1511 North 33rd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°58′49.15″N 75°11′20.9″W / 39.9803194°N 75.189139°W / 39.9803194; -75.189139Coordinates: 39°58′49.15″N 75°11′20.9″W / 39.9803194°N 75.189139°W / 39.9803194; -75.189139
Architect E. Allen Wilson
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 99000628
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 20, 1999[1]
Designated NHL January 20, 1999[2]
The John Coltrane House in 2009

John Coltrane House was the home of saxophonist and jazz pioneer John Coltrane from 1952 until 1958.[2]

Coltrane purchased the house for his family after leaving the army and lived there until he relocated to New York City in 1958.[3] He continued to use the house as an alternate residence to his New York home until the end of his life. On his death in 1967 the house passed to his cousin, Cousin Mary (namesake of a song on the album Giant Steps). [4]

The "John W. Coltrane Cultural Society" was founded in 1984 and establishing a John W. Coltrane Center at 1509 N. 33rd Street.[5][6]

The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1999.[2][7][8]

John W. Coltrane Cultural Society[edit]

The John W. Coltrane Cultural Society (JWCCS) is a music organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dedicated to promoting jazz music in Philadelphia.[8]

The John Coltrane Cultural Society, Inc. is not a "music" organization as such, but more of an educational organization. Its mission is to: 1) counteract the negative constraints facing inner city children in Philadelphia through exposure to the positive cultural forces embodied in jazz and other cultural arts programs; 2) to preserve jazz as an American music tradition by making the contributions of African American jazz artists more visible; and 3) to preserve the genius and legacy of John W. Coltrane by establishing a John W. Coltrane Center at 1509 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia.[9] The Coltrane House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.[8]

The group was founded in 1984[10][11] and incorporated in 1985 by Mary L. Alexander (Coltrane's first cousin), the late Shirley Scott, the late Eloise Woods-Jones, Marilyn Kai Jewett, the late Sophronia Stewart, the late Dottie Smith and Professor Linda Williams—known as "the seven." The organization was headquartered at the historic Coltrane House (1511 N. 33rd St., Phila., PA) in Strawberry Mansion—that Coltrane purchased for his family (mother, aunt, cousin) after leaving the army.[12] That home was owned by Alexander until she sold it to Norman Gadsen.

The JWCCS offered children's workshops led by professional jazz artists throughout the Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia Housing Authority and other youth groups. An annual Summer Backyard Concert Series was held in the backyard of the Coltrane House and an annual Birthday Tribute/Celebration Concert at a large venue. A community garden on 33rd Street included a jazz mural created by neighborhood youth. A mural was also created by students of Strawberry Mansion High School, in the school. "Cousin Mary", who was raised with Coltrane in High Point North Carolina, also conducted a lecture series on his life and music.[citation needed]

The original organization has been defunct since Alexander suffered a massive stroke around 2004.[citation needed] There are only three remaining founders still living, including Cousin Mary who was left speechles by a stroke. Marilyn Kai Jewett, one of the seven, is now working to ensure the legacy of the JWCCS is not forgotten.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "John Coltrane House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, Sharon (1 June 1999). "A Giant Step". American Visions  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  4. ^ http://loc.gov/pictures/item/pa3863/
  5. ^ Milloy, Courtland (4 June 1991). "Remembering a Favorite Musical Son". Washington Post  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Lane, Lynda (28 July 1995). "THE JOHN W. COLTRANE SOCIETY celebrates 10 years of living the legacy". Philadelphia Tribune  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Michael J. Lewis (July 5, 1998). "National Historic Landmark: John Coltrane House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 3 photos, exterior and interior, from 1996 PDF (32 KB)
  8. ^ a b c Roberts, Kimberly (11 February 2003). "Coltrane Cultural Society preserving a musical legacy". Philadelphia Tribune  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  9. ^ http://articles.philly.com/1998-06-19/news/25728415_1_john-coltrane-house-next-door-billy-taylor
  10. ^ Milloy, Courtland (4 June 1991). "Remembering a Favorite Musical Son". Washington Post  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Lane, Lynda (28 July 1995). "THE JOHN W. COLTRANE SOCIETY celebrates 10 years of living the legacy". Philadelphia Tribune  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Fitzgerald, Sharon (1 June 1999). "A Giant Step". Amercan Visions  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 22 August 2014. 

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