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.
Youth Jamboree – Wayne Winston, CBJC’s youth program chair, states: “Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival is here. A month long celebration of an African inspired art form. The Youth Jazz Jamboree will take place on May 14th 2016 at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration’s Plaza under the tent from 11am to 5:00 PM. Come out and hear the future of jazz.” Young people and wellness are components in the growth and prosperity of a community. The youth’s participation in the arts, especially music can be a major factor in their educational development. Health care, particularly in inner city neighborhoods, is at a crisis stage. Wellness outreach exhibits inform the public on health care issues and treatment options. Putting musical instruments in the hands of grade school children challenges them intellectually and can change the path they choose. Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium is devoted to improving the quality of life to those in its catchment area and beyond. Thomas Fisher Director of the CBJC Youth Program is excited about the 17h year’s program. The talent we of our young people is awe-inspiring as they reach for their heights. We have had many young musicians leave our programs and go on to much higher learning. It is a joy working with the our most talented young people who are searching for their heights. 22
2016 Gala 2008 Roy Haynes Gala 2009 May 5, 6 PM – FUNDRAISER, This year’s Gala Event/Fundraiser promises to be a very special affair and is an event the community can get behind and enjoy. Historically this affair was produced to raise funds for Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s programming. Held annually since 2000 this is one of CBJC’s core events. Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s Festival 2016 Gala Concert features Live music by the George Gray Jazz Coalition. Host venue this year, Weeksville Heritage Center, is Brooklyn’s largest African American institution; located in one of America’s first free black communities, Playthell G. Benjamin, noted for his commentaries and positive essays on Black Folks, will deliver the keynote address. Vanessa Rubin Gala 2013 Pharoah Sanders Gala 2015 Jeff King Steve Kroon 23