Stony Brook, NY – There’s a jazz invasion coming to Stony Brook Village and a sneak preview event is planned at The Jazz Loft on April 16 from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Festivities will include live performances, wine and hors d’oeuvres and exhibits containing a multitude of historic jazz memorabilia, some from the greatest jazz artists of their day including Louis Armstrong and Count Basie. Also on display are instruments, diaries, autographed pictures, original sheet music, letters from world leaders and vintage LPs. Donations to the collections continue to pour in and include a gold-plated trumpet belonging to Ernie Royal who worked with the likes of Lionel Hampton, never released photos from his studio recording sessions, an original script sent to Royal from Louis Armstrong for a planned Broadway Show and Milt Hinton’s complete music studio.
Hosting the event will be President and Founder, Tom Manuel, who is the Director of Jazz Studies at Long Island University, LIU Post campus in Brookville. Given the mission of The Jazz Loft to advocate, educate and preserve this American-born culture, the future of The Jazz Loft includes a full calendar of musical performances as well as classes for special needs people with autism, learning disabilities, dementia and alzheimer’s.
The Jazz Loft, located at 275 Christian Avenue, Stony Brook, leases the historic 6,000 sq. ft. structure, c. 1920, from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization for $1 per year and the venue has been totally renovated. WMHO President Gloria Rocchio says, “Stony Brook Village is poised to become the hub of arts and culture on Long Island with the addition of The Jazz Loft.”
Cost for the sneak preview event is $7 pp and children under 12 are free. For reservations call 631-751-2244 or reserve online at thejazzloft.org.
Photo Credit: The Jazz Loft