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It Takes a Team to Build a Village Special Exhibit

Experience the story of the reconstruction of Stony Brook Village in a Spring and Summer long exhibit on the building of the Stony Brook Village Center!

On display will be historical documents, photos, original prints, sketches, memorabilia and much more.  This special exhibit starts on May 21 and runs through September 7.

“To Spy or Not to Spy: That is the Question!”

Experience a theatrical performance showing the creation of the Culper Spy Ring right from the heart of Setauket’s history, the Brewster House, c. 1665.  This was the home of Joseph Brewster, first cousin to Caleb Brewster, a member of the Culper Spy Ring.
Performance presented by the Youth Corps Theater Troupe, a teen volunteer group dedicated to stewardship projects in history and ecology.

Guests will also receive a special tour of the Brewster House by our teen docents!

Children are encouraged to attend!

$4 pp adults; $2 pp child under 12.  For reservations call 631-751-2244

Jazz Legend Warren Vache Donates Personal Library to The Jazz Loft!

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Jazz Legend Warren Vache Donates Personal Library to the Jazz Loft

Just when you think you can predict how cornetist Warren Vaché might finish off a phrase or interpret a given song, he turns quite another way or the tune receives a totally new treatment. In Vaché, jazz has found a creator whose prodigious, hard-earned skills enable him to craft swinging performances of beauty, emotion and surprise.

Sometimes narrowly classified as a swing musician, the cornetist regularly defies this or other labels. Vaché has listened to and absorbed all styles of music. His trumpet heroes include Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Fats Navarro, Tom Harrell and Ruby Braff among others. Warren has spent years playing with such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Bobby Short, Benny Carter and countless others who were blessed to share their stage with his masterful artistry which served to do nothing short of elevating their art to greater heights.

Shunning imitation, he is able to evoke some of the best from these and other models, creating an individual cornet voice, one that stresses purity of tone. In the liner notes for Vaché’s Easy Going album, Peter Straub wrote, “Here Warren has located himself firmly in that most immediately satisfying of jazz territories, where (in trumpet terms) Bunny Berigan shakes hands with Clifford Brown”.

Mr. Vache recently donated his book library to the Jazz Loft. 140 books, mostly autographed, span the lifetime and career of both he and his father Warren Vache Sr. Along with this outstanding donation Vache also included an assortment of period photographs including the likes of Pee Wee Erwin, Bobby Hacket and others as well as an important artifact from a 6/27/75 New York Jazz Repertory Company television special which can be seen on youtube.

Mr. Vache appeared with his trio in Stony Brook this past winter as part of the Jazz Loft’s Harbor Jazz Series. His recent donation is on the heels of a significant past contribution of his fathers 78 record collection. Roughly 500 recordings including original test pressings from Decca records courtesy of his mother Madeline who was a secretary at Decca records during the 1940s and 1950s are a highlight of the Jazz Loft recording archives.

On a recent trip to Rahway, NJ Mr. Vache recalled how his father would skip lunch at school and save his 5 cents each day. At the end of the week he would walk the five miles to the neighboring town that had a record shop and buy a record for his quarter!

The Jazz Loft is honored to house the Vache Family Archives and especially happy to have established such a wonderful relationship with a true legend in the world of jazz. We look forward to Mr. Vache’s debut performance at the Loft upon our opening!

Thanks Warren, you’re the best!

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February 27 Saturdays at Six Concert (All Souls Church)

The Anima Brass Quintet will perform at the next “Saturdays at Six” concert at All Souls Church in Stony Brook Village (61 Main St) on February 27. Anima Brass is a dynamic quintet of brass musicians dedicated to reinvigorating chamber music as an artistic medium. The group will explore the Russian music of Victor Ewald, who composed some of the first notes for the brass chamber ensemble. Moving into Europe, Anima offers selections by Brahms, the great throwback to Classicism, and a set of madrigals that lined English high society. Jumping across the pond, we’ll take us to Broadway with the great American composer Bernstein in selections from West Side Story. There will be a 15 minute intermission and refreshments will be served.
 
Please join us for a free (donations accepted) memorable night of music and fellowship in the historic Stanford White-designed chapel. The program will begin promptly at 6:00pm. All Souls Church collects food each week to help feed the hungry at the St Cuthbert’s food pantry. Please bring a can of food to donate if you want to help feed the hungry in our community. “Lend a hand, bring a can.” Please call 631-655-7798 for more information.

Warmth and Love at Stony Brook Village

Valentine’s Day is over but love is in the air all year round at #stonybrookvillage <3 Check out this lovely photograph of a father and daughter at @Robinsonstearoom Father-and-Daughter-Love_Robinsons-Tea-Room-2016_Credit-Richard-Rocchio-1024x709

“Stony Brook celebrates Lunar New Year with song, dance”

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Dancers, drummers and martial artists celebrated the Year of the Monkey in Stony Brook on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, for the upcoming Lunar New Year. The Ward Melville Heritage Organization has held its Chinese New Year Celebration for 15 years.

Three large lions with flashing eyes and snarling faces danced to the beat of drums and cymbals as they swarmed the audience Sunday at a Lunar New Year celebration in Stony Brook.

More than 100 people attended the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s 15th annual Chinese New Year Celebration to watch a slew of performances celebrating the Year of the Monkey.

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(Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)