Community pushes to preserve jazz singer's home

The house of late Bronx jazz singer Maxine Sullivan is on the market.

The house of late Bronx jazz singer Maxine Sullivan is on the market. (10/16/15)

THE BRONX - Some Bronx residents are looking to convert the home of a local jazz legend into a music museum.

The house of late Bronx jazz singer Maxine Sullivan is on the market. Before she died in 1987, she had risen from a member of her local parent teacher association to president of the school board.

Former students say they remember how she opened her home to any neighborhood kids who wanted to come by.

Valerie Caper, who met Sullivan there as a child and is now a great jazz pianist in her own right, is leading the push to convert the four-bedroom house into a jazz museum.

Neighbors are also on board with the plan.

As a boost toward Caper's goal, the building's zoning for community facility use would already allow for it to house the proposed museum.

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