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 Long Island Business News Article on TJL's New Board Members

The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook has expanded its board of directors to 12 members, with the addition of four new appointees. “The Jazz Loft has a heartfelt responsibility to be good stewards of the position afforded us in the community,” Jazz Loft Founder and President Tom Manuel said in a statement.

“As a thriving not-for-profit organization, we had accomplished our 10-year plan two years early,” he added.

News 4 Story on The Jazz Loft's "Young at Heart" concert series.

Using the Magic of Music to Help People Reconnect With Their Past

One Long Island group is using the power of music to help seniors unlock special memories.

News 4’s Checkey Beckford reports.

News 12 Article on The Jazz Loft's "Young at Heart" Series

'Powerful and so transformative.' Young at Heart concert series

in Stony Brook helps seniors with memory loss

The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook is using music to help seniors suffering from memory loss.

The Young at Heart concert series offers an afternoon musical trip down memory lane for audiences once a month. "Music is therapeutic and so powerful and so transformative," says Tom Manuel, founder of The Jazz Loft.


The Jazz Loft Announces 2nd Annual Douglas Elliman Summer Music Series

The Jazz Loft, the acclaimed museum and music venue that put Stony Brook Village on the map as a destination for Jazz education, performance and preservation, is thrilled to announce the 2022 Douglas Elliman Summer Music Series is back for the second year, featuring world renowned musicians Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, John Pizzarelli and Peter Cincotti. Sponsored by prominent North Shore arts patrons and Douglas Elliman real estate agents Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon, the series provides a cultural focal point for the upcoming season on Long Island.

“Mark your calendars for all three dates because you won’t want to miss any one of these incredible performances,” said Jazz Loft founder Tom Manuel. “We are beyond thrilled to announce that Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, John Pizzarelli and Peter Cincotti will enliven the stage at The Jazz Loft this summer.”

Newsday Article Featuring The Jazz Loft


'Swing Into Spring' fest is a 'Dream' come true for jazz fans

The Jazz Loft is celebrating the change of season with its “Swing Into Spring Festival,” which will be held throughout the village of Stony Brook and surrounding areas from Tuesday through Sunday.

“Jazz is the soundtrack of our country,” says The Jazz Loft founder-president Thomas Manuel. “It’s fun to be able to walk around the village and have music everywhere. This is as close as we could get to when there used to be music in every club on 52nd Street.”

Over the course of six days, live jazz will be happening at various locations including The Jazz Loft, local restaurants and even a candy shop.

Long Island artists demand to be recognized


The Long Island Arts Alliance is asking artists, performers and creators to share their stories amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lauren Wagner, executive director of LIAA, said that over the last two years, the group has been asking creatives to share the experiences pre-pandemic and onward in hopes that new legislation will be created to further help the art and culture sector locally.

“The percentage of job losses in the arts is three times worse than other nonprofit organizations,” she said. 

LIAA serves as an alliance of and for the region’s not-for-profit arts, cultural and arts education organizations.  LIAA promotes awareness of and participation in Long Island’s world-class arts and cultural institutions in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. 

Computing for Social Good Continues with Noteworthy Project

with The Jazz Loft


Even in a Pandemic, Computer Science Students Connect with a Local Non-Profit

Whether you are new to the Stony Brook area or someone deeply rooted on Long Island, a visit to Stony Brook village is not complete without a stop at The Jazz Loft. A performance space and museum dedicated to preserving and cultivating jazz music, The Jazz Loft offers performances and a vigorous educational program, in collaboration with Stony Brook University’s (SBU) School of Music, which delights crowds each year. The museum at The Jazz Loft also houses an extensive collection of original music, recordings, photographs, instruments, and memorabilia.

It is the museum’s collection which attracted the attention of the Department of Computer Science (CS) at SBU.  Jack Heller, one of the early chairs of the CS department, developed the Museum Computer Network back in 1969 with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the NY Public Library. In keeping with this legacy, several teams of computer science students in Tony Scarlatos’ benevolent computing course created a multimedia database for The Jazz Loft which encompasses original music scores, master recordings, photographs, and other historic assets.


Newsday Article

The Jazz Loft's Sixth Annual Harbor Jazz Festival

The Jazz Age

Outdoor live jazz has been a tradition in the village of Stony Brook with the old Dogwood Hollow Amphitheater hosting legends like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman back in the '50s and '60s. Today, that legacy continues with The Jazz Loft’s 6th annual Harbor Jazz Festival from Sept. 22-25 after last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic.

"It feels good to be doing what we are used to doing," says Tom Manuel, president and founder of The Jazz Loft. "I think people have this newfound appreciation for the music after it was silenced for such a lengthy period."

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Newsday Article

Four stages pop up in Stony Brook Village

this summer for weekly event series

President and founder of the The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, Thomas J. Manuel spoke to Newsday about what visitors can expect at this year's Summer SWAP, a collaborative celebration of music, history and art held in Stony Brook village. 


All About Jazz Interview

with Tom Manuel

All About Jazz Interview

with Tom Manuel

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.