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13th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival


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13th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival-Jazz: A Music of the Spirit, March 30 until April 30, 2012 presented by the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. This music series is New York City's longest continuously running grassroots festival dedicated to jazz. More than 500 artists will be performing in 40 events at venues from Coney Island to Williamsburg in Brooklyn. 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. CBJC's chairperson Clarence Mosley, Jr. states, “CBJC enters its thirteenth season in presenting the African American art form jazz to the underserved populations of Brooklyn. We continue to recognize the contributions and creativity of the jazz community of Brooklyn, past and present. Our forty plus member organization strives to provide jazz education programs and enhance the economy of our community via cultural tourism." Internationally recognized musicians will perform in community centers, clubs, colleges, and cultural and faith-based institutions. This jazz festival is accessible to all, 85% percent of the events are free or at a cost of less than twenty dollars.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival has grown from a nine day neighborhood event to a highly anticipated month-long borough-wide celebration. Performers this year will include Bilal Sunni Ali, Kenyatta Beasley, Gloria Cooper, Steve Cromity, Bob Cunningham, Lou Donaldson, Eric Frazier, Winard Harper, Eric Lemon, Sam Newsome, Houston Person, Beareather Reddy, Elijah Shiffer, James Spaulding, The Last Poets, Salim Washington, Rudi Wongozi, Eric Wyatt and more.

Performances include a salute to Gil Scott-Heron with Abiodun Oyewole and a tribute to Gloria Lynne by Lil Phillips. Other concerts: Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers, Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and a celebration of the music of Kenny Dorham and Cecil Payne by the Long Island University Brooklyn music faculty. Jazz great, Bob Cunningham, will be inducted into the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame by way of an all star jam session. Jazz performers of tomorrow are showcased during a Youth Jazz Jamboree at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza.

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