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Trumpeter's 'amazing' trove of Long Island jazz memorabilia needs permanent home

Published: May 30, 2014 10:56 AM
By JAN TYLER  Special to Newsday

Jazz trumpeter Tom Manuel of St. James has

Jazz trumpeter Tom Manuel of St. James has collected a vast trove of Long Island jazz memorabilia, including trumpets, trombones, sheet music and other items from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Manuel, 35, seen in his basement of his home on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, wants to place the collection in a public domain so it can be seen and appreciated by the masses. (Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)

Tom Manuel's basement music room is reminiscent of Aladdin's cave, if you substitute the diamonds, rubies, pearls and magic lamp for trumpets, trombones, sheet music and other jazz memorabilia from the 1930s, '40s and '50s.

All these items and more -- autographed pictures, vintage LPs and diaries that once belonged to jazz musicians who played alongside greats like Duke Ellington, Count Basie...

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