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12th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival—It's All Jazz, April 1- 30, 2011 presented by the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC at venues from Coney Island to Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

This celebration is New York City's longest continually running grass roots festival dedicated to Jazz. The presentation offers more than 30 events on 23 days with over 100 artists performing in clubs, community organizations, colleges, faith based, and cultural institutions throughout the borough. Featuring international known and community artists: Carlos Garnett, Candido Camero, Houston Person, Charles Tolliver, Arturo O'Farrill, Ray Abrams Big Band, Central Brooklyn Jazz All-Stars, Kiane Zawadi, Bob Cunningham, Ahmed Abdullah and others. For information contact CBJC at 718.773.2252 or [email protected]

Brooklyn jazz has a rich past and its legacy is celebrated every April, nationally known as Jazz Appreciation Month. Brooklynites, jazz luminaries such as Max Roach, Eubie Blake, Betty Carter, and Randy Weston as well as less heralded artists Cal Massey, Betty Roche, Gigi Gryce and C. Scoby Stroman contributions are remembered during the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. CBJC's newly elected chairperson Clarence Mosley, Jr. states, “As CBJC enters its twelfth season in presenting Jazz an American original, African American created, art form to the under served populations of Brooklyn. CBJC continues to recognize the contributions and creativity of the jazz community of Brooklyn, past and present. This forty plus member organization strives to provide more jazz education programs to all and enhance the economy of our community via cultural tourism." Other scheduled events includes: return of Panamanian saxophone great Carlos Garnett; National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Cuban percussionist Candido Camero's 90th birthday celebration with the Arturo O'Farrill Quintet; A Jazz Celebration for The East with Charles Tolliver Quintet and the Brooklyn College Jazz Ensemble; Youth Jazz Jamboree; Jazz: The Women's View Point; The New Cookers in concert; Jazz by The Sea with The Jeff King Band; photo exhibits; and Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Brooklyn Historical Society just to name some.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival has grown from a nine day neighborhood event to a highly anticipated borough-wide music series. The back bone of this community spirited festival are the musicians and venues which keep Brooklyn's jazz scene vibrate and help fuel the neighboring economy. Stanley Banks, Brooklyn Jazz All-Stars, Steve Cromity, Donna Tulivu Cumberbatch, Eric Frazier, Beareather Reddy; Jazz966, Parlor Jazz, Rustik Lounge, Sistas' Place, Two Steps Down, and Sugar Hill Supper Club are some of the performers and locations jazz lovers will experience during festival 2011.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium acknowledges our festival partners: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn Academy of Music/BAMcafe Live, Brooklyn Public Library's Dr. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, and H. Wiley Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College, and New York Aquarium are expected to participate. We thank Brooklyn Tourism and Visitors Center, an initiative of Borough President Marty Markowitz, Foodtown of Bedford Stuyvesant, and Afroart Designs for assistance with the 12th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. CBJC activities are made possible by the following sponsors: NYS Assembly Members Annette Robinson and Karim Camara; NYS Senators Velmanette Montgomery and Eric Adams; NYC Council Members Albert Vann and Leticia James; CBJC member organizations. CBJC programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Arts Council and its JP Morgan Chase Regrant Program, New York City Department For The Aging, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Sugarhill Supper Club, and Long Life Information & Referral Network.

Founded in 1999, the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium is an amalgam of patrons, entertainment venues, musicians, faith based institutions, and community organizations. Over the past 12 years CBJC has presented an annual spring festival, established a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame & Museum, and produced yearly programs that feature local jazz talent. CBJC is a nonprofit corporation committed to preserving, promoting and supporting live music within the under served communities of Brooklyn.

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