Coltrane Day Music Festival at Heckscher Park, Huntington Village Will Bring Teens and Adults Together with 12 Incredible Workshops from Music Improvisation to Rap/Hip-Hop
June, 2017 (Huntington, NY) — On Saturday, July 22rd 2:00PM – 10:30 PM, The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills in conjunction with the Town of Huntington Summer Arts Festival and the Huntington Arts Council will be staging an all-day, affordable, family-friendly festival of live music and music workshops in beautiful Heckscher Park, Huntington Village. “Building Community through Music” and “The Creative Force” are this year’s themes as the event celebrates the legacies of music giants John and Alice Coltrane, who lived in Dix Hills.
The Festival will host workshops, master-classes, community jams and live performances for all ages and levels. World-class LIVE music performances, including jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, gospel, electronic music and jamband will be featured, with top local music talent on display. Headliners include Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) and sax phenom Kenny Garrett. Local arts and food are included along with many opportunities for young musicians to play with professionals. Special this year, electric bass giant, Matt Garrison, will lead a master class workshop for aspiring bassists. Matt Garrison is also one of the headliners of the day’s music lineup.
The workshops and community jams, huge successes at the inaugural 2015 and 2016 festivals, are sure to be highpoints once again as musicians, young and old get to sit in with peers and professionals in a supportive environment. Workshops for a wide range of ages and skills will be available, including jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, electronic music, voice, songwriting, percussion, music improvisation, and more. The Community Jam – enormously popular in the last two years at the festival – is coming back once again in jazz and funk. Coaches will also be available offering one-on-one assistance to aspiring musicians. Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks and pre-registration for workshops is strongly encouraged. (Registration Links Below!) Workshops run from 12noon to 2PM.
All workshops approximately 45 minutes in length. Preregistration required for workshops with size limits. All workshops between 12-2PM.
Workshop Times & Leaders TBA
$5 donation requested for workshops.
Workshops will be held between 12:00pm and 2:00pm
Facilitators: LNapoleon Revels-Bey and Coltrane Home Teaching Artists
Improvising on an instrument is one of the most enjoyable elements of music. These introductory music improvisation classes are for musicians and non-musicians alike, and are designed to be fun, spark imagination and creative expression. No worries about wrong notes permitted. Bring your instruments if you have one, and plan on smiles and laughter. For beginners to more experienced players. A must for both aspiring classical musicians and those who just want to learn to improvise.
Limited to 15 each class – Feel free to bring your small hand instrument, drums & keyboard on-site.
MUSIC IMPROVISATION 1 (Time To Be Announced): Age 5-8. Click Here To Register
MUSIC IMPROVISATION 2 (Time To Be Announced): Ages 9-14. Click Here To Register
MUSIC IMPROVISATION 3 (Time To Be Announced): Ages 15-Adult. Click Here To Register
Rhythm is the most basic element of music. This workshop is a fun and creative approach to music using our voice, hands and body percussion to make rhythm and sound and create “conversation”.
Limited to 20 each class
– Feel free to bring your small hand instrument, drums & keyboard on-site.
PERCUSSION 1: Ages: 8-12 (suggested) Click Here To Register
PERCUSSION 2: Ages: 13-Adult Click Here To Register
Girls Only! – JOURNEY IN IMPROV & EXPRESSION
Limited to 15 – Feel free to bring your small hand instrument, drums & keyboard on-site.
A music improvisation class just for girls. While this workshop is for different ages and skill levels, we ask that participants have at least some familiarity with their instruments. Singers welcome. Ages: 10-17
Limited to 25
Nothing moves people like Funk or is more fun to play. Funk has its roots in Rhythm and Blues, Blues and Jazz and evolved with a rhythm and groove all its own. Geographically speaking Funk music came from all over the US and the world — from NY to Philly, Chicago to the Bay area and New Orleans to Texas. Led by Funk veterans and members of one of the great funk bands of Long Island and the New York tri-state area– Funk Filharmonik – participants will learn and play the basic elements of what makes funk “funky” and open a whole new world of fun to their musical universe. Bring instruments and cords. Amps on hand. Includes performance. Audience and dancers welcome!
Ages: 15+ thru adult. Click Here To Register
Limited to 25
Hip-hop music, which began in the Bronx and spread across Long Island continues to explode in popularity. Take part in this opportunity to share your ideas, and pick up some really great tips. Facilitators TBA.
Ages: 9-Adult. Click Here To Register
Limited to 25
Electronic music is the current rage, and the music of a generation. The Electronic Music workshop, led by Huntington’s own composer/producer, associate professor and saxman Mikah Feldman-Stein, will cover some different ways of creating and performing electronic music. After a basic introduction to a few of the great common rhythms and styles of electronic music, we’ll discuss how to make and perform them. Then we’re on to a group project with the goal of creating a short piece of electronic music that can be performed collectively. This collaborative activity will involve a combination of computer and live instrumentation, relying heavily on improvisation. Come learn about and explore the amazing world of electronic music with us. Includes 15 minutes of performance!
Ages 15+: Click Here To Register
Limited to 20
Do you like writing songs or want to learn? In this popular workshop you’ll get to work with professional songwriters and aspiring songwriters like yourself in a fun and inspiring environment. Facilitators TBA.
VOCAL WORKSHOP – BOBBY MCFERRIN STYLE!
Limited to 20
A terrific vocal experience for all skill levels and abilities. Led by Jim Oshinsky, Ph.D, noted music educator, author and musician, you’ll enjoy this terrific workshop modeled after vocal legend Bobby McFerrin’s renowned vocal workshops.
Ages: 15-Adult. Click Here To Register
Some say that if you’ve never experienced a drum circle, you haven’t lived! What better way to start Coltrane Day than with the joy of rhythm and community. For all skill levels.
All Ages: Click Here To Register
IT’S ABOUT THE BASS! – Special for 2017!
Workshop with bassist Matt Garrison. Son of bass legend Jimmy Garrison, from Coltrane’s classic quartet, Matt Garrison is seen as one of the great living and transformative electric bassists alive today. If you’re an electric bass player, you don’t want to miss this!
Ages: 14-21. Click Here to Register
COLTRANE MEETS INDIA – RAGAS & JAZZ – New for 2017!
Limited to 20
Led by Premik Russell Tubbs, the combination of jazz with Indian music is something that both John and Alice Coltrane explored. This is a wonderful experience that can elevate the aspiring player.
Ages: 15-Adult. Click Here To Register
JAZZ & FUNK – Chapin Stage
Last years’ community jam was incredible, and people of all ages and abilities had a chance to let loose and the crowd was jumping. Working off some basic jazz and funk tunes, musicians at all levels are invited to join the band of professionals on stage and experience the fun of playing with world class players whose goal it is to make it a positive experience and help you sound good.
Ages: 14+ (registration recommended but not required)
Coltrane Day 2017 is proud to be a part of the Huntington Summer Arts Festival’s Week of Jazz!
For More Information, Contact:
516 635-9719 (cell)
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 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. The Coltrane Day Event will provide an opportunity for the Home to announce a major capital campaign to create a Cultural Center on the beautiful site.
The dual mission. The Coltrane Home has a dual mission: a) restore the Dix Hills Home and create a state-of-the art museum and inspirational learning and cultural center at the site, along with a beautiful park environment, and b) develop its Legacy Education Project to help encourage young people to engage in the creative music making process, and improve communication and life skills. The theme of the program is “Music for Life”.
2017 also marks the 52nd anniversary of the Town of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival, and is testament to the importance of Huntington’s commitment to arts and music. The Huntington Arts Council is assisting The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills to present the Music Festival. The day’s program is also partially funded by a Suffolk County Community Arts grant from the Department of Economic Development and Planning.
The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills hopes to attract all members of the Long Island community and beyond to this event. As Alice Coltrane has intimated in the past, this is about bringing everyone together to make, and enjoy music.