Musicians, officeholders, police officials, school leaders and members of the public came together Wednesday night to pay tribute to musical legend John Coltrane as part of a celebration of Black History Month.
Helping in the remembrance of the jazz virtuoso was 15-year-old Brendan “Taz” Niederauer who has played with numerous top musicians around the world.
The evening’s celebration of Coltrane, who lived in Dix Hills with his wife, musician Alice Coltrane, and his children, also included a talk about the history from Suffolk County Police Deputy Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis and a presentation of awards to Dorothy “Dee” Thompson by the Masonic Lodge #72, and a talk about the Coltrane home by Ron Stein.
Coltrane died in Huntington in 1967, leaving a legacy of distinctive works in free jazz influenced by spirituality.
South Huntington school board trustee Sidney B. Joyner served as master of ceremonies.
Niederauer played the National Anthem in a guitar solo, then played What a Wonderful World, and again with the Coltrane house band.
The ceremony was held at the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School in Huntington Station.