April, 2018 (Islip, NY) — On Saturday, May 12th at 9PM the The John and Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills will be holding a benefit concert at Treme (553 Main St, Islip, NY 11751) to help raise continued funds and awareness towards the legacy of two of two of Jazz Music’s biggest and brightest stars!
Bassist, composer, and educator Avery Sharpe‘s career spans over four decades. He was influenced by the great Reggie Workman, who played with John Coltrane and has lead his own bands. Sharpe has performed with the legends of Jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Archie Shepp, and Art Blakey. Over a twenty year period, he’s played with McCoy Tyner, who was part of the John Coltrane band, and played on some of Coltrane’s greatest tunes. He is a Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Artist in Residence in Music and Artist Associate in Jazz Bass, and Jazz Coach at Williams College.
Zaccai Curtis has been performing since the age of five. As a high school student, he was recognized by Down Beat Magazine as a top young performer and chosen as the pianist for the National Grammy Band Small Combo. When not touring with some of the top jazz musicians like Donald Harrison, Christian Scott and Avery Sharpe, Zaccai focuses on his quartet and his seven-piece band, Insight, which has traveled all over the world and has just performed at the Havana Jazz Festival. In February Zaccai performed with the Message, an all-star band which includes Donald Harrison, Billy Pierce, Brian Lynch, Carl Allen, and Avery Sharpe. Four of these musicians are alumni of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
Baltimore native Winard Harper is one of the hardest working drummers in jazz today. He’s not only leading his very exciting and hard swinging sextet, but is also in demand as a sideman.When he’s not touring, Harper continues to work and record with artists like Joe Lovano, Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, and Avery Sharpe. His newest release, Make it Happen, goes a long way to highlight his talent as drummer, composer, and bandleader.
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, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Narada Michael Walden, Clarence Clemons, Ornette Coleman, Jackson Browne, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Scarlet Riveria, James Taylor, Sting and Lady Gaga just to name a few. He is equally adept in pop, R&B, jazz, world and experimental genres.
Jazz historian, music educator and trumpet player, Tom Manuel is the Jazz Ensemble Director, Applied Jazz Trumpet Instructor and Area Director of Jazz Studies at Long Island University. Manuel also holds an adjunct position at Suffolk Community College as well as a faculty position with the Stony Brook University Pre-College Music Division directing their jazz program. He has taught in the public school system for over a decade, on the collegiate level, and served for many years as a member of the Suffolk County Music Educators Association ExecutiveBoard. Manuel received his formal music training from Boston University
As these modern Jazz greats and more celebrate the life and music of John Coltrane, make sure to join them Saturday, May 12th at Treme (553 Main St, Islip, NY 11751) in an effort to benefit the The John and Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills!
$30 Donation Includes Free Drink Ticket. Food Available Until 9PM. No Food Service During First Performance
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Treme: 631 271-2008
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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!”
The Home is also a national gem. In 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the Home as one of the “Eleven-most Endangered Properties” in the United States, a designation only given to properties deemed to have critical cultural importance. Since that time, the “Friends” have made many improvements to stabilize and repair the Home, but much more needs to be done.