Praisin’ The Trane

 

Historic American Building Survey, 2000 | Photo: Joseph E.B. Elliott

Historic American Building Survey, 2000 | Photo: Joseph E.B. Elliott

Forty-six years ago today, John William Coltrane laid down his saxophone and departed the terrestrial for his final Ascension. On North 33rd Street, the home he purchased in 1952 stands as a testament to his time in Philadelphia, a National Historic Landmark suffering from deterioration. Two upcoming events have the potential to ameliorate that, directly and indirectly.

Tomorrow evening in Brewerytown, Alfie Pollitt and his band will perform the music of John Coltrane at a benefit for the John Coltrane House, the nonprofit led by Lenora Early, whose late husband purchased the home from Coltrane’s cousin Mary Alexander, the inspiration for his tune “Cousin Mary.” The concert, at Veteran’s Memorial Park, the green space at 31st & Girard, runs from 6–8PM and will feature food from Rybrew and Shifty’s Tacos, new Brewerytown restaurants, and beer from Saint Benjamin Brewing Company. The event itself is free, but donations to the Coltrane House are encouraged. For more information, visit the Facebook event page HERE.

Then on Wednesday, August 7th, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia presents the premiere of Coltrane’s Philadelphia: A Documentary Film at the International House in West Philadelphia. At 25 minutes, the short film profiles the saxophonist’s formative years in Philadelphia, 1943–58, and provides a glimpse into the city during the burgeoning Civil Rights years. The film, which will be accompanied by a second film on Sun Ra, is free, but requires registration. To do so, visit IHouse’s web site HERE.

About the author

Bradley Maule is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and the creator of Philly Skyline. He's a native of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, and he's hung his hat in Shippensburg, Germantown, G-Ho, Fishtown, Portland OR, Brewerytown, and now Mt. Airy. He just can't get into Twitter, but he's way into Instagram @mauleofamerica.



3 Comments


  1. Great article. Second link is empty, tho.

  2. The John Coltrane House has been documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey. See the records – large-format photographs, measured drawings and a short historical report – in the the nation\’s largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation, the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection in the Library of Congress at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/pa3863

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Real Estate Brochure For Vacant School Sounds Alarms in Germantown

Real Estate Brochure For Vacant School Sounds Alarms in Germantown

March 19, 2019  |  News

Neighbors rally around Germantown High School after a real estate listing revealed potential redevelopment plans. Emily Birdy Busch has the news > more

Piecing Together The Lost History Of Wirt & Knox

Piecing Together The Lost History Of Wirt & Knox

March 14, 2019  |  Vantage

Rob Masciantonio tracks down the elusive origins of an abandoned factory in Strawberry Mansion > more

Interior Of 30th Street Station To Be Considered For Historic Designation

Interior Of 30th Street Station To Be Considered For Historic Designation

March 11, 2019  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo has this roundup of local register nominations on the agenda at the March meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission's Designation Committee > more

Op-Ed: Streamlining The City's Preservation Procedures Would Benefit All

Op-Ed: Streamlining The City’s Preservation Procedures Would Benefit All

March 8, 2019  |  Soapbox

In this opinion piece Kenny Grono shares his perspective as a general contractor and remodeling specialist with a few ideas on how the City can untangle the red tape that undermines historic preservation > more

Industrial Design Firm Has A Knack For The Clickety-Clack

Industrial Design Firm Has A Knack For The Clickety-Clack

March 5, 2019  |  Vantage

Theresa Stigale takes us inside the headquarters of Oat Foundry at Frankford Arsenal where its split flap signs are winning the hearts of customers around the globe > more

Searching For Frankford Creek Along A Winding Trail

Searching For Frankford Creek Along A Winding Trail

February 28, 2019  |  Vantage

Sharon Barr goes looking for one of Philly's oldest tributaries via the Frankford Creek Greenway. What she finds is an urban trail struggling to connect with its namesake > more