19th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival To Feature 500 Artists in Over 50 Events

Brooklyn, New York, March 20, 2018– Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium presents New York City’s longest continuously running grassroots festival dedicated to Jazz.  More than 500 artists are performing in over 50 events at, mostly, intimate venues throughout Brooklyn, during this month-long celebration of the music. The performances and programs are financially accessible and open to all. Stay tuned to the CBJC website, www.centralbrooklynjazz.org, for the full calendar.

The nineteenth annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival features varied events, suitable for fans of all ages.  At the Youth Jazz Jamboree, student musicians perform the music of Brooklyn’s hall of fame members, for their peers, family, and residents.  Jazz! The Women’s Viewpoint, a forum, for female artists to relate their experiences in a male-dominated industry, is relevant to all genders. The Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony, for Sidney “Duke” Jordan, occurs at The Billie Holiday Theatre, in the presence of the nine living members of this select group.

Festival 2018 includes performances by international-renowned artists, nationally recognized names, and up-coming 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.  Names to take note of, Lesedi Ntsane, Lisanne Tremblay, and Giveton Gelin, also display their artistry.  Over 50 percent of the events are free, or less than ten dollars.

Brooklyn’s jazz legacy dates back over a half-century, during the borough’s noted hard-bop styling era.  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, attracted mostly intrepid audiences into central Brooklyn’s clubs.  “The renaissance of the jazz scene here, is due, partly, to the efforts of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium.  We reclaimed our “jazz destination” status, based on the proliferation of venues with jazz music policies throughout central Brooklyn,” states, CBJC’s communication director, Bob Myers.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Bob Myers at 718.773.2252 ext. 103 or email at comm@cbjcjazz.org.


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