PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jazz lovers and cultural officials in Philadelphia are promoting a fundraising effort to save the run-down John Coltrane House.
Preserving the national historic landmark is part of a broader mission to reclaim the city’s jazz heritage and celebrate the current music scene.
Coltrane is a saxophonist best known for his recording “A Love Supreme.” He lived in a rowhouse in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood from 1952 to 1958.
A nonprofit organization now owns the property and is working with a preservation group to rehabilitate it. They are seeking $50,000 for immediate repairs and stabilization.
City officials gathered more than 100 local jazz musicians for a photo at the house on Friday.
Philadelphia claims jazz greats including Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner and Grover Washington Jr.
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