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The Jazz Loft celebrates six years of performance and preservation

The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook is celebrating its six-year anniversary next week. 

Friends Tom Manuel and Ray Anderson wanted to create a place to bring jazz musicians together that would also serve to preserve jazz history and promote jazz education. That dream was realized when The Jazz Loft opened in May 2016.

Located at 275 Christian Ave., The Jazz Loft has welcomed thousands of jazz patrons in its six-year existence, presenting more than 160 music events a year. It has also helped to groom students, many of which are now in or have completed programs at some of the top music conservatories and institutions in the country.

The Jazz Loft and its team have received notable awards and recognitions for its position as an advocating institution for jazz and served as an ambassador for jazz in several countries including Haiti, Liberia, Cuba, and the Virgin Islands.

“I’d like to thank all of The Jazz Loft’s patrons, donors, musicians and board of directors and volunteers,” said Manuel. “We have accomplished so much over the past six years and it’s only onward and upward from here.”

The Jazz Loft will be marking its sixth anniversary with cake and singing during intermission at the Bill Mays Trio concert, which starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

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