Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium produces a Jazz Festival every year. 2016 brings our 17th Annual Festival. The Brooklyn grassRoots festival this year runs from April 15th until May 15. This years event was fantastic. View our magazine for a look inside.
JAZZ! The Woman’s Viewpoint - 2016 Bessie Edwards 2016 Chairperson Jazz! The Woman’s Viewpoint (JTWVP) part of CBJC’s 17th Annual Central Brooklyn’s Jazz Festival is planned for Saturday, April 15, 2016, 1-4pm at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, 1368 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11213. JTWVP is a program that celebrates women in Jazz. A panel comprised of female musicians, educators, industry executives, media personnel, and wives of artists come together to share their experiences with the intent of helping other women artists. On Saturday, April 16th , 2pm, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) will host its’ 17th Annual Jazz! The Women’s ViewPoint in the newly refurbished Skylight Gallery, now part of the Arts and Culture Center at Restoration at 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. An informative and musical day from 2-8:30pm will explore Jazz through the eyes of women. A Kick-off Reception at 2pm will feature JT- WVP All-stars followed by Jazz: Change is Coming! A Panel Discussion at 2:30 PM. It is open to the public and will take a look at women in Jazz in the 21st century: their place in the field, their innovation; and their challenges. Panelists include award winning jazz vocalists, Jazz- 20 meia Horn, Vivian Sessoms and Ebony JoAnn. Moderated by Sheila Anderson, host, Jazz After Hours, WBGOJazz 88, this session features women who have survived and prospered in the business of Jazz. They use music to raise conscientiousness and highlight changes that will strengthen the voices of women and the survival of Jazz music. CBJC in collaboration with the Arts and Culture Center at Restoration introduces a Master Class with Geri Allen, world renowned composer, educator and Jazz pianist who will teach a master class and discuss the role of women in Jazz. To cap off the day, all attendees are invited to Jazz: The Woman’s Viewpoint Jazz Salon. Join Grammy and NAACP Image Award nominated artist Geri Allen and vocalists Ebony JoAnn and Vivian Sessoms at 7pm $20 Tixs www.restorationart.org. For more information visit www.cbjcjazz. org or call 718-773-2252 Ext. 102. This event is a tribute to CBJC long-time supporter, Harold Valle and honors the memory of JoAnn Cheatham, Publisher of Pure Jazz Magazine whoserved as one of the first chairman of this event and help guide the JTHVP to new directions. JTWVP is a forum started by one of the CBJC founders, Rosalind Blair to cel- ebrate women in Jazz. Founded in 1999, the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium is an amalgam of patrons, entertainment venues, musicians, faith-based institutions, and community organizations. CBJC is a nonprofit corporation committed to preserving, promoting and supporting live music within the underserved communities of Brooklyn. Rosalind Blair, CBJC cofounder, created Jazz! The Women’s Viewpoint as core program of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. One of the primary goals of this event is to give women an opportunity to participate in the discourse of the music industry’s dynamics. Another aim is to give females an opportunity to share experiences. The panel is open to female: musicians, educators, industry executives, media personnel, and wives of jazz artists. JTWVP Panel Discussion, 2014
Hall of Fame Inductee and Museum Brooklyn, New York --- Wednesday, April 29th, 2016, The 17th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival hosts at the Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights section of the borough The Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame Ceremony. This year musicians Ronnie Mathews, James Spaulding, neil Clarke, Lesedi Ntsane and the Flaming Lounge will be inducted. Live music and refreshments are part of the festivities. Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium created the BJHoFame in 1999 to bring attention to Brooklyn’s rich Jazz heritage. Every April is known nationally as Jazz Appreciation Month, CBJC holds a ceremony to honor the artists who have made an impact on the international and Brooklyn’s Jazz community. Noted and unheralded musicians are inducted; contributors to the jazz community are recognized by an award. 2016 Awardees Ronnie Mathews Ronnie Mathews was a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the late 50s through early 60s. The lifelong Brooklynite toured internationally with and recorded with Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, and Roy Haynes. Ronnie will be best remembered for his long association with the Johnny Griffin Quartet. In the 90s Mathews recorded with the Clifford Jordan Big Band. Pancreatic cancer took Ronnie away from us in Brooklyn in June of 2008. James Spaulding Grammy album award holder, bass guitar great, Brooklyn born, Stanley Banks is best known for his thirtyfive years of performing with music icon George Benson. His performances with music legends Aretha Franklin, Freddie Hubbard, Chaka Khan, and Stanley Turrentine just to name a very few place Stanley on the in demand, “A-list” of musicians. Neil Clarke Activist, culturalist, pro-Africanist, Jazz percussionist Neil Clarke is a student of percussion and has been for more the a few decades. In his ongoing pursuit of excellence Mr. Clarke has had many opportunities to perform, collaborate and of course study with percussion masters world-wide. His musicial contribution to the independent republic of Brooklyn has been enormous. Neil Clarke performs with Jazz Master Randy Weston. Lesedi Ntsane Lesedi Ntsane is a South African born trumpeter and a graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contempoary Music. Lesedi chops favor musicians of the American hard bop scene of the 60s. Though raised in the land of the “penny whistle,” known nationally as kwela music, he developed his own voice blending styles of both continents. Flamingo Lounge Owner Levy open the Flamingo Lounge at 259 Kingston Avenue near St. Johns Place in the 70s. This neighborhood outpost for “Real Jazz” hired acts such as Houston Person, Etta Jones along with a host of today’s central Brooklyn jazz favorites performing in their early days. Filling the musical void left open when other shrines closed down to the drug infestation in our community. Levy keep his venue classy and free of “the element” thus providing the music in an atmosphere conducive to aficionados. Ronnie Mathews Lifetime Achievement Award James Spaulding Jazz Impact Award Neil Clarke Young Lion Award Lesedi Ntsane Jazz Shrine Award Flamingo Lounge 21