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The Jazz Loft in the News

The Jazz Loft acquires Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker
memorabilia collection

The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Avenue in Stony Brook, has recently acquired a collection of more than 50 memorabilia items from jazz saxophonist legend Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, that includes master acetates from some of his most important recording sessions; a personalized instrument case; his union card; numerous notes, letters and correspondence; and his Birdland contracts. 

An exhibit highlighting Parker and the newly acquired memorabilia will open in February, along with numerous events and concerts centered on Parker’s music. The concert series will culminate in several performances of “Charlie Parker with Strings,” one of his most well-known recordings.

TJL Celebrates Founder Tom Manuel Being Honored
as SBU Endowed Faculty

Fourteen Stony Brook University endowed faculty members were formally installed on November 6. The ceremony, held at the Charles B. Wang Center Theater, included addresses from Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis, PhD; Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Carl Lejuez, PhD; and keynote speaker Heather J. Lynch, PhD.

Jazz Bassist From Huntington Posthumously Honored
With 'Sideman' Award
Lloyd Trotman played the iconic bass riff at the beginning of the hit song "Stand by Me."
He was honored by The Jazz Loft and LIMEHof.

Lloyd Trotman, a jazz bassist, was posthumously honored with the "Sideman" Award by The Jazz Loft and the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (LIMEHoF), according to a news release.

Trotman, a Huntington resident, played the iconic bass riff at the beginning of the hit song "Stand by Me." His daughter, Linda Trotman, accepted the award for her father. Trotman, born on May 25, 1923, died on Oct. 3, 2007. He would have been 100 this year.

All About Jazz Article
"Take Five With Thomas Manuel Of The Jazz Loft"


Meet Thomas Manuel

Jazz historian, music educator and cornet player Dr. Thomas Manuel holds the endowed Artist in Residence chair within the Jazz department at Stony Brook University. In addition to this he serves as a trustee to the Frank Melville Memorial Foundation, is a member of the Huntington Arts Council Decentralization Advisory Committee, and is the founder and President of The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, N.Y., an innovative and creative space which joins jazz performance, jazz preservation and jazz education in celebration of the past, present, and future. 

TBR Newsmedia Article: Your Turn:
Philanthropists among us

By Thomas Manuel

From the ancient Greeks to Ben Franklin, Andrew Carnegie, George Clooney, Bill Gates, and countless individuals in between, philanthropy, a love for humanity and a desire to see it thrive, has been a common thread. It has been said that effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity; the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires. Miriam Beard once pointed out, “The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation.”

Philanthropic giving is not just a phenomenon found in certain parts of the world, rather it is a spirit of giving back which is global. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain in speaking about philanthropy expanded that the best philanthropy is not just about giving money but giving leadership. The best philanthropists bring the gifts that made them successful — the drive, the determination, the refusal to accept that something can’t be done. These are the characteristics they invest  into their philanthropy.

New York Times Article: 
The House That Jazz and Moxie Built

A trumpeter creates a space to exhibit his trove of memorabilia with the new Jazz Loft. 


As a teenage trumpeter who loved jazz, Tom Manuel would visit the Dunton Inn, a local spot in East Patchogue where a group of old-timers — some of whom had played alongside Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and Louis Armstrong — would let the untried kid from Lake Ronkonkoma sit in during weekly jam sessions.

“I was terrible, compared to them,” said Mr. Manuel at the Jazz Loft, an exhibition, preservation and performance space in Stony Brook that celebrated its grand opening on Saturday. Mr. Manuel, now a 37-year-old musician, teacher and jazz historian, founded the loft, which houses a vast assemblage of jazz memorabilia, including musical instruments, archival photographs, original sheet music, personal letters, master recordings and vintage LPs.

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