Check out this articleÂ in the Wall Street Journal about a class of second graders in Queens who were introduced to the music of John Coltrane by their teacher, Christine Passarella. Â Apparently, Passarella wanted her students to explore different kinds of intelligences. Â She began “mixing great works of art with classical music; and over time [she] introduced rock, the blues and jazz.” Â The kids took to Coltrane immediately, enjoying even the jazz great’s “more avant-garde recordings, such as ‘Interstellar Space.'”
The kids also learned that Coltrane’s home on Long Island, where he composed, among other things, A Love Supreme, was in danger of being demolished. Â Along with a long-time jazz enthusiast, Ms. Passarella’s students launched a grass-roots campaign to save the property. Â As a result, in 2005 the town bought the property and turned it into a landmark. Â However, it still needs extensive renovations, and the kids have taken it upon themselves to raise funds by holding raffles, cake sales and a book fair. Â To contribute to the campaign, visitÂ www.the coltranehome.org.
It’s always cool hearing about things like this. Â Visit their website for sure, then check out one of my favourite Coltrane tunes – “My Favourite Things” – below: Â