Jazz legend John Coltrane and his wife Alice bought this property on Candlewood Path, Dix Hills in 1964. It was in this very house that John composed his much-revered signature album, “A Love Supreme” and Alice recorded her solo, “A Monastic Trio” in the basement recording studio; the couple went on to compose and record several albums in subsequent years. John Coltrane lived in this house until his untimely death in 1967, and Alice stayed on until 1973, at which point she moved with her family to California.
The Coltrane Home experienced a few changes in ownership after Alice’s departure until it fell into disrepair and a local developer planned to knock it down in 2002. The property was saved from demolition by a committed jazz fan who, having discovered the history of the house, convinced the town to purchase the property and mark it as a historic site. In 2011, the Coltrane Home was placed on the list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was subsequently named a National Treasure in 2018. Today, the National Trust and a number of voluntary organizations are attempting to restore and preserve this piece of jazz history and possibly establish a museum and center for music education on the property’s grounds.
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