Third Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival: Music Workshops & Community Jams From Ages 14+, 7/22

Third Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival:
Music Workshops & Community Jams
From Ages 14+
Saturday, July 22nd
Coltrane Day Music Festival  at Heckscher Park, Huntington Village Will Bring Teens and Adults Together with 12 Incredible Workshops from Music Improvisation to Rap/Hip-Hop
June, 2017 (Huntington, NY) -- On Saturday, July 22rd 2:00PM – 10:30 PM, The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills in conjunction with the Town of Huntington Summer Arts Festival and the Huntington Arts Council will be staging an all-day, affordable, family-friendly festival of live music and music workshops in beautiful Heckscher Park, Huntington Village. “Building Community through Music” and “The Creative Force” are this year’s themes as the event celebrates the legacies of music giants John and Alice Coltrane, who lived in Dix Hills.
The Festival will host workshops, master-classes, community jams and live performances for all ages and levels.  World-class LIVE music performances, including jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, gospel, electronic music and jamband will be featured, with top local music talent on display. Headliners include Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) and sax phenom Kenny Garrett. Local arts and food are included along with many opportunities for young musicians to play with professionals. Special this year, electric bass giant, Matt Garrison, will lead a master class workshop for aspiring bassists. Matt Garrison is also one of the headliners of the day’s music lineup.
The workshops and community jams, huge successes at the inaugural 2015 and 2016 festivals, are sure to be highpoints once again as musicians, young and old get to sit in with peers and professionals in a supportive environment. Workshops for a wide range of ages and skills will be available, including jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, electronic music, voice, songwriting, percussion, music improvisation, and more. The Community Jam – enormously popular in the last two years at the festival – is coming back once again in jazz and funk. Coaches will also be available offering one-on-one assistance to aspiring musicians. Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks and pre-registration for workshops is strongly encouraged. (Registration Links Below!) Workshops run from 12noon to 2PM.
All workshops approximately 45 minutes in length. Preregistration required for workshops with size limits. All workshops between 12-2PM.

Workshop Times & Leaders TBA

$5 donation requested for workshops.

Workshops will be held between 12:00pm and 2:00pm

Click Here to Download a printable version of the workshops


Facilitators: LNapoleon Revels-Bey and Coltrane Home Teaching Artists

Improvising on an instrument is one of the most enjoyable elements of music. These introductory music improvisation classes are for musicians and non-musicians alike, and are designed to be fun, spark imagination and creative expression. No worries about wrong notes permitted. Bring your instruments if you have one, and plan on smiles and laughter. For beginners to more experienced players. A must for both aspiring classical musicians and those who just want to learn to improvise.

Limited to 15 each class – Feel free to bring your small hand instrument, drums & keyboard on-site.

MUSIC IMPROVISATION 1 (Time To Be Announced): Age 5-8. Click Here To Register

MUSIC IMPROVISATION 2 (Time To Be Announced): Ages 9-14. Click Here To Register

MUSIC IMPROVISATION 3 (Time To Be Announced): Ages 15-Adult. Click Here To Register


Rhythm is the most basic element of music. This workshop is a fun and creative approach to music using our voice, hands and body percussion to make rhythm and sound and create “conversation”.


Limited to 20 each class

– Feel free to bring your small hand instrument, drums & keyboard on-site.

PERCUSSION 1: Ages: 8-12 (suggested) Click Here To Register

PERCUSSION 2: Ages: 13-Adult Click Here To Register


Limited to 15 – Feel free to bring your small hand instrument, drums & keyboard on-site.

A music improvisation class just for girls. While this workshop is for different ages and skill levels, we ask that participants have at least some familiarity with their instruments. Singers welcome. Ages: 10-17

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Limited to 25

Nothing moves people like Funk or is more fun to play. Funk has its roots in Rhythm and Blues, Blues and Jazz and evolved with a rhythm and groove all its own. Geographically speaking Funk music came from all over the US and the world — from NY to Philly, Chicago to the Bay area and New Orleans to Texas. Led by Funk veterans and members of one of the great funk bands of Long Island and the New York tri-state area– Funk Filharmonik – participants will learn and play the basic elements of what makes funk “funky” and open a whole new world of fun to their musical universe. Bring instruments and cords. Amps on hand. Includes performance. Audience and dancers welcome!

Ages: 15+ thru adult.  Click Here To Register




Limited to 25

Hip-hop music, which began in the Bronx and spread across Long Island continues to explode in popularity. Take part in this opportunity to share your ideas, and pick up some really great tips. Facilitators TBA.

Ages: 9-Adult. Click Here To Register




Limited to 25

Electronic music is the current rage, and the music of a generation. The Electronic Music workshop, led by Huntington’s own composer/producer, associate professor and saxman Mikah Feldman-Stein, will cover some different ways of creating and performing electronic music. After a basic introduction to a few of the great common rhythms and styles of electronic music, we’ll discuss how to make and perform them. Then we’re on to a group project with the goal of creating a short piece of electronic music that can be performed collectively. This collaborative activity will involve a combination of computer and live instrumentation, relying heavily on improvisation. Come learn about and explore the amazing world of electronic music with us. Includes 15 minutes of performance!

Ages 15+: Click Here To Register




Limited to 20

Do you like writing songs or want to learn? In this popular workshop you’ll get to work with professional songwriters and aspiring songwriters like yourself in a fun and inspiring environment. Facilitators TBA.

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Limited to 20

A terrific vocal experience for all skill levels and abilities. Led by Jim Oshinsky, Ph.D, noted music educator, author and musician, you’ll enjoy this terrific workshop modeled after vocal legend Bobby McFerrin’s renowned vocal workshops.

Ages: 15-Adult. Click Here To Register



Some say that if you’ve never experienced a drum circle, you haven’t lived! What better way to start Coltrane Day than with the joy of rhythm and community. For all skill levels.

All Ages: Click Here To Register



IT’S ABOUT THE BASS! – Special for 2017!

Workshop with bassist Matt Garrison. Son of bass legend Jimmy Garrison, from Coltrane’s classic quartet, Matt Garrison is seen as one of the great living and transformative electric bassists alive today. If you’re an electric bass player, you don’t want to miss this!

Ages: 14-21. Click Here to Register




Limited to 20

Led by Premik Russell Tubbs, the combination of jazz with Indian music is something that both John and Alice Coltrane explored. This is a wonderful experience that can elevate the aspiring player.

Ages: 15-Adult. Click Here To Register

Community Jams

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JAZZ & FUNK – Chapin Stage

Last years’ community jam was incredible, and people of all ages and abilities had a chance to let loose and the crowd was jumping. Working off some basic jazz and funk tunes, musicians at all levels are invited to join the band of professionals on stage and experience the fun of playing with world class players whose goal it is to make it a positive experience and help you sound good.

Ages: 14+ (registration recommended but not required)

Click Here To Register.

Coltrane Day 2017 is proud to be a part of the Huntington Summer Arts Festival’s Week of Jazz!

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