Having read a bit about The Jazz Loft, I finally got the opportunity to visit and enjoy an incredible performance at this wonderful venue. A combination of museum and performance space, the Jazz Loft is located in a charming stone building close to the Three Village Inn, in Stony Brook. The main floor of the building houses jazz memorabilia, including instruments, photos, original sheet music, and vintage LPs. The second floor houses more memorabilia as well as a wonderful cabaret-style performance space.
We were able to park on the street in front of the building. Parking is also available in a town lot just beyond the parking area for the Three Village Inn. Stone is in front of the single door entrance, stone entryway and another single door. At this point we were in the museum and at the admission desk. A charming gentleman (who turned out to be Tom Manuel, the founder of the Jazz Loft) welcomed us. Since we were quite early he invited us to look around first, or go upstairs, choose our seats (seating is first-come, first-served) and then look around. We decided to find seats first. We walked up the twenty steps to the second floor. One can take the “elevator,” (more like a lift with a door) if that is easier. We entered a lovely performance space with tables and upholstered chairs. The tables are fairly close together, but there is space to move things if one needs to navigate to a seat. A small bar area in the rear has drinks and snacks available for purchase. Floors are wood. Persian rugs cover a good part of the floor. The lighting is soft, with candles on each table. The walls are background for a variety of interesting artwork. This is a lovely space in which to just relax with a drink while waiting for the performance to begin. We did take some time to look at the interesting items in the museum, although I think the museum deserves a visit on another day! Large, single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restrooms (no baby-changing facilities) are located on the main floor, near the entrance.
Many of the people seemed to be “regulars.” After our visit, I hope to become one of those “regulars!” Ken Peplowski, called “brilliantly entertaining,” by DownBeat Magazine, performed in a quartet, alternating clarinet and saxophone. He was incredible! All of the musicians were great ! What a wonderful evening! The Jazz Loft offers a full calendar or events. Take a look. They even have their own “Jazz Loft Big Band.” In August they will be having a Jazz Festival at the Harbor. We hope to get there! This venue is a wonderful “find” for Long Island.
As always, we at Destination:Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.thejazzloft.org , when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”