Coltrane Day to Fill Heckscher Park With Sounds of Music

The fifth annual Coltrane Day on July 20 will celebrate music ranging from jazz to rap to electronic music and beyond.

A salute to the late jazz legend John Coltrane, the free family-oriented 10-hour festival is packed with workshops, performances, artistic and environmental exhibits, food and raffles.

A full lineup of workshops will teach musical skills to people of all skill levels, and includes family improv, led by Napoleon Revels-Bey & Premik Russell Tubbs,  Brazilian drum, facilitated by Steve Finkelstein, songwriting, by Patricia Shih, community jam and more. The festival is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. at Heckscher Park; some workshops will be conducted it the Old First Presbyterian Church or Cinema Arts Centre.

Brett’s Bicycle Recycle will be on hand to accept donations of bikes, which the group repairs and donates free to community residents.

John Coltrane is considered one of the most influential saxophonists in history. His work became increasingly spiritual and he was canonized by the African Orthodox Church. He died in 1967 at age 40.

The music festival is sponsored by the John and Alice Coltrane home in Dix Hills, the Town of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council. The Coltranes lived in the home, which has since been preserved and designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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