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Across American Roots

Featuring The 17-member Jazz Loft Big Band led by Tom Manuel,
Rites of Spring Wind Quintet &
Shinnecock Indian Nation musicians

In collaboration with
Sylvester Manor and The Jazz Loft 

It’s a time to celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures, and important contributions of America. As members of multiple communities on Long Island, we want to stay connected to our heritages. It is important to reflect on the American history and culture. The United States is home to a diverse population that celebrates its cultural richness and variety through local festivals, community events, and other grassroots activities.  Across American Roots supports all cultures by providing an iconic venue Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island where diverse perspectives, cultures and values are accepted, appreciated, and celebrated. This event wants to celebrate all American Cultures and Traditions and spread awareness about its richness and history.
This music event features a wide array of music styles: African American music, European music influenced by American culture and Indian American music traditions.

Ticket price:
General audience: $ 65
Children Under 16 FREE

​Attendance to this in-person performance will be limited and restrictions in place per NYS COVID-19 guidelines required at the time of the event.


Music Program
Arrive to Sylvester Manor at 4:00 to walk and visit the garden and the grounds.

5:00pm 5:30pm        
Shinnecock Indian Nation performance

6:00pm – 6:45pm   
  Rites of Spring Wind Quintet 
              William Grant Still     Miniatures for woodwind quintet
I.  Ride an Old Paint
II. A Frog Went A-Courtin’
III. Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land
IV. Yaravi V. Adolorido         
Miniatures is a musical composition in five movements composed in 1948 by American composer William Grant Still.  Still broke many barriers during his career, including being the first African American composer to write orchestral works and have them performed by major symphony orchestras, as well as being the first conductor of color to lead a major American symphony. His musical style incorporates a variety of African American styles, from spirituals to blues and jazz, in addition to European, Latin American, and other folk music genres. The five contrasting movements display a variety of Afro, Anglo, Latino and Native American musical styles.

Antonin Dvorak        String Quartet No.12 in F major. Op.96 American
          arranged for wind quintet by David Walter 
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Lento
III.  Molto vivace
IV. Finale: vivace ma non troppo  

The original String Quartet in F major, Op. 96, nicknamed the American Quartet, is the 12th string quartet composed by Antonín Dvořák. It was written in 1893, during Dvořák’s time in the United States. The quartet is one of the most popular in the chamber music repertoire.  the title “American quartet” for opus 96 did not come from the composer himself. Also repeatedly claimed for this work are the influences of native Americans and Afro-Americans but answering the question of what then is tangibly “American” in the “American quartet” is by no means simple. 

7:00pm – 8:30pm 
Jazz Loft Big Band led by trumpeter Tom Manuel 
Black, Brown & Beige by Duke Ellington

Jazz Band Suite
I. Work Song 
II. Come Sunday 
III. Light
IV. West Indian Dance
V. Emancipation Celebration 
                                     VI. Blues Theme Mauve 
VII. Various Themes 
VIII. Sugar Hill Penthouse 
IX.  Finale Ellington introduced the piece at Carnegie Hall on January 23, 1943 as “a parallel to the history of the Negro in America. 
At the December 11, 1943 concert at Carnegie Hall, Ellington said, “We thought we wouldn’t play it (Black, Brown and Beige) in its entirety tonight because it represents an awfully long and important story and that I don’t think too many people are familiar with the story. This is the one we dedicate to the 700 Negroes who came from Haiti to save Savannah during the Revolutionary War”.This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Huntington Arts Council.

The event is finished.


Jul 31 2022


5:00 pm

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80 N Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY              
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