Cocktails and dinner were served in a recording studio, followed by a concert of Duke Ellington tunes performed by Wynton Marsalis and the jazz orchestra, and a Champagne after party.
Brooks Bros. has been offering the experience for three years, selling 50 tickets at $475 each via its holiday catalogue. They sell out in a day. Along with the ticket holders, Brooks Bros. executives and media also show up, making for a crowd of about 100.
"Wynton Marsalis is a fan of Brook Bros.; we support him and he supports us," said Eraldo Poletto, president of international business and strategic development of Brooks Bros. "I'm not a big expert on jazz, but I like it. Jazz and Brooks Bros. are both very much part of America."
"I'm a music buff. I listen to all kinds of music," said Lou Amendola, chief merchandising officer at Brooks Bros.
The company is a supporter of the arts, serving as the official wardrobe sponsor of Jazz at Lincoln Center since 2001, as well as staging events to benefit Jazz at Lincoln Center's education programs.