Jazz on the Rocks builds neighborhoods

The non-profit organization New Neighborhoods, Inc. (NNI) in Stamford has launched a new summertime fundraiser, NNI Jazz on the Rocks, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. overlooking the Sound at Harbor Point at 2200 Atlantic Street in Stamford.

All proceeds from ticket sales, ads, and raffles will go towards building affordable housing throughout Fairfield County. Tickets include whiskey, beer and wine tastings, an artist-led “Home Making” public participation art project about the meaning of home, light bites from local chefs/restaurants, boardwalk games, raffles, and non-stop live jazz, Latin, folk, pop, and indie music.

The live music will begin at 6 pm with jazz, Latin/international, and swing tunes by Barbara’s Serenade (BarbaraEntertains.com) with Cuban vocalist Barbara Espinosa Occhino, Al Brooks on flute and saxophone, Jim Olbrys on guitar, John Goldberg on bass, and Lou Perry on drums. Following will be P.J. Pacifico, an acclaimed American singer-songwriter and international recording artist known for his indie/folk/pop sound. The final set will be the Dave Dana Jazz Combo, with renowned guitarist/recording artist Dave Dana, Esdras Lubin on bass, and Lou Perry on drums. Dana has performed worldwide with Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Sammy Davis Jr, Lou Rawls, Tina Turner, Tony Bennett, among others, as well as played at the 49th Presidential Inauguration and recorded albums with the Buddy Rich Orchestra.

New Neighborhoods, Inc. has been a nonprofit developer of housing with the power to transform lives and neighborhoods since 1967. Its mission is to create sustainable communities by developing, redeveloping, and preserving quality housing that strengthens low- and moderate-income families, allows seniors to age with dignity, provides stability for the formerly homeless, and affords all residents opportunities to realize their dreams. In Fairfield County NNI has built, acquired or renovated over 600 units of rental and ownership housing and manages 450 rental units, including 55 units in two senior housing properties. It adds up to $90 million in public and private investment in affordable housing that has provided safety nets and springboards to self-sufficiency for thousands of families over a span of nearly 50 years.

In Stamford’s South End/Harbor Point neighborhood alone, its 2012 Marshall Commons complex at 178-220 Ludlow Street won community development awards and 1983 40-62 Elmcroft Road affordable town homes were the first condos of any kind in the South End. For information, visit www.nnistamford.org. For tickets (must be 21+), visit www.nnijazzontherocks.com.