More than 500 artists will perform in over 50 events at, mostly, intimate venues throughout the borough during this month-long celebration of the music.
“The renaissance of the jazz scene here, is due, partly, to the efforts of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium,” said Bob Myers, CBJC’s communication director. “We reclaimed our ‘jazz destination’ status, based on the proliferation of venues with jazz music policies throughout central Brooklyn.”
According to organizers, the borough’s jazz legacy dates back over a half-century, during Brooklyn’s noted hard-bop styling era. Many flocked to central Brooklyn’s clubs to see Freddie Hubbard’s fiery session with Lee Morgan at Club La Marchal; Horace Silver’s gigs at the Club Continental, and the “boss bass” man, Reggie Workman, at the East.
This year’s festival includes performances by international-renowned artists, nationally recognized names, and upcoming talent. NEA Jazz Master, Jimmy Owens, shares festival spotlight honors with Ahmed Abdullah, Ronnie Burrage, Akua Dixon, Louis
Hayes, Pucci Amanda Jhones, Martha Redbone, and Lonnie Youngblood. Be sure to also look out for musicians such as Lesedi Ntsane, Lisanne Tremblay and Giveton Gelin.
At the Youth Jazz Jamboree, student musicians will perform the music of Brooklyn’s hall of fame members. Female artists will hold a forum, Jazz! The Women’s Viewpoint, to discuss their experiences in a male-dominated industry. All genders are encouraged to attend.
There will also be a special Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Sidney “Duke” Jordan. The event will happen at the Billie Holiday Theatre (1368 Fulton St., Bedford-Stuyvesant) in the presence of the nine living members of the group.
The performances and programs of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival are financially accessible and open to all. Over half of the performances are either free or less than ten dollars.
The festival will run from April 13 to May 13. For more information, visit the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s Facebook page or www.centralbrooklynjazzconsortium.org.