Inside Harmony Vineyards in the cozy library of the property’s 1690-era tasting house is a new jazz club. One being lead by a legendary musician. In early October, Harmony Vineyards in Stony Brook opened the Ray Anderson’s Tasting Notes Jazz Club.
“The opening of Tasting Notes Jazz Club at Harmony Vineyards presents a rare opportunity for Long Islanders to hear jazz in all its romantic expressive exuberance on a regular basis,” jazz musician Ray Anderson said. “I’m wildly excited, and most grateful, for this wonderful venue at Harmony Vineyard.”
Throughout the fall and winter months, Anderson will lead duos and trios of live jazz on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
“People who love music know that there is no substitute for live performance,” Anderson said. “When you hear music performed “live” you are part of it, your energy inspires the performance, and the musicians are playing to you.”
Anderson who serves as the director of the jazz department at Stony Brook University is an internationally known trombone player who has produced 20 albums. On Thursday and Friday nights from 8 to 10pm Anderson and his musical partner, guitarist Steve Salerno, lead different duos and trios. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons upcoming jazz musicians have the chance to play. There is a two-drink minimum at the club and those who go can expect to hear selections that will mark the birthdays of jazz greats including Dave Brubeck, Coleman Hawkins and Frank Sinatra.
Established in 2002, the waterfront Harmony Vineyards is on the National Register of Historic Places. The vineyard produces cabernet sauvignons, chardonnays, and a red blend of cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. All of the profits from the sales of Harmony Vineyards wines go to charity, including Island Harvest, City Harvest, Pink Rock, The Stony Brook Foundation and the East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children.
Visit harmonyvineyards.com for the latest schedule of music at the Tasting Room.