275 Christian Avenue, Stony Brook, NY 11790
(631) 751 - 1895
DescriptionThe Jazz Loft is located at 275 Christian Avenue, Stony Brook. Parking can be found on the street or in a parking lot across the street from the Three Village Inn. A stone walkway leads to the street level, single door entrance, stone entryway, and another single door.
This two story building houses the museum and performance space. The first floor has several rooms of jazz memorabilia. There are wood floors throughout. Stairs, or an elevator-like lift, go to the second floor. This level has several more rooms of memorabilia and the performance space. Floors on this level are also wood. The floor in the cabaret area has Persian Rugs covering much of the floor. Tables and chairs are fairly close together. There is a small bar area at the back, serving drinks and snacks.
Single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located on the first floor, close to the main entrance. There are no baby-changing facilities.
- Number of handicapped spaces: 0
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: two blocks
Places to rest: bench outside of entrance
Paths and walkways: concrete sidewalk, stone walkway
Location of handicapped entrance: main entrance
Doors: street-level, single door
Number of floors: 2
Steps and staircases: two staircases to second floor
Width of aisles: adequate space
Places to sit: tables and upholstered chairs
Location of restrooms: near main entrance
Type of restroom: single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible
Ease of entry and exit: ok
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: drinks and snacks before and during intermission
Friendliness of staff: extremely friendly and helpful
Notes: *Parking can be found on the street or in the Town parking lot, which is located across the street from the Three Village Inn.
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, http://www.thejazzloft.org , when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”