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Where Legends Lived

March 26, 2013

Getting Closer to the Dream

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By CHRISTOPHER MOTE

[Editor's Note: All About Jazz, Hidden City Philadelphia, and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia have collaborated to present a series of articles on the local jazz scene that John Coltrane inhabited, developed in, and ultimately transcended between 1943 and 1958, when he called the city home.] In some ways, John Coltrane's house is like any other in Strawberry Mansion. The three-story, Dutch-gabled row home where he lived from 1952 to 1958 was seen as desirable by North Philadelphia's ascendent black middle class, literally across the street from verdant Fairmount Park and tied in closely to ...

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February 8, 2013

John Coltrane: There Was No End To The Music

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By ROB ARMSTRONG

[Editor's Note: All About Jazz, Hidden City Philadelphia, and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia have collaborated to present a series of articles on the local jazz scene that John Coltrane inhabited, developed in, and ultimately transcended between 1943 and 1958, when he called the city home.]When 18 year old John Coltrane moved to Philadelphia, in 1943 the nation's third largest city, he entered a fundamentally different world from his hometown of High Point, N.C. Like many African-Americans who migrated to major cities of the North, Coltrane joined older family members and friends already settled there. They lived ...

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February 1, 2012

John Coltrane: Always A Philadelphian

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By ROB ARMSTRONG

[Editor's Note: All About Jazz, Hidden City Philadelphia, and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia have collaborated to present a series of articles on the local jazz scene that John Coltrane inhabited, developed in, and ultimately transcended between 1943 and 1958, when he called the city home.]One of Philadelphia's most interesting properties from a cultural standpoint--the former home of legendary saxophonist and composer John Coltrane--is also one of its most endangered. This year, the house located at 1511 North 33rd Street in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood across from Fairmount Park was named first on the Preservation Alliance of ...

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