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Philly jazz lovers seek to repair Coltrane house

April 13th, 2012 2:23 pm by Associated Press

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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