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.
Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium The Central Brooklyn Jazz consortium is committed to the development of audiences and the nurturing of institutions and individuals throughout Brooklyn that specifically deal with Jazz as well as other African American cultural expressions (dance theater, visual arts, comedy and poetry.) CBJC a dynamic, voluntary consortium was organized in 1999 on behalf of community development to promote live jazz and other cultural activities. Historically, CBJC is the realization of years of discussion about the importance of establishing a consortium of organizations whose mission is to work collectively to preserve Black culture. Representatives of Jazz966 Torrie McCartney, Sistas’ Place Viola Plummer, SoFocus Leroy Applin and Jazzpazzaz Alma Carroll were the founding council. This diverse group of lifelong Central Brooklyn activists, musicians, community leaders, major non-profits, faithbased institutions, restaurants, café owners and cultural arts institutions were active members of CBJC. Educator and cultural activist Jitu Weusi was elected as the first chairperson in December 1999 along with Alma Carroll treasurer, Torrie McCartney facilitator, Colette Penn recording secretary and Loretta Washington financial secretary. Our Mission Over the past 17 years the organization has developed core programs that demonstrate the components of its mission. The annual gala celebrates the month long Jazz festival which features a live performance of a well established artist in the Jazz tradition. Jazz: The Woman’s ViewPoint is a unique program which provides a panel discussion setting for musician’s wives and husbands, female musicians and artists to share their views, talents and experiences with attendees. The Youth Jazz Jamboree and Wellness Day of music, fun and games while raising awareness of health issues. Our mission is to recognize the contributions of artists and the role they play in advancing the culture while promoting the dignity of people; to develop venues that are affordable, accessible and attractive to children, teenagers, men, women and elders to provide a forum for cultural exchanges; to build coalitions by working collectively and sharing information with the aim of reestablishing the spiritual and emotional connections between African American artists and their communities….. Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC founded in 1999, is an amalgam of patrons, entertainment venues, faith based institutions, community organizations and musicians. Over the past sixteen (16) 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 underserved communities of Brooklyn broadcasting to the world. 4
Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium is grateful for the support offered by our sponsors who share our vision of Jazz music in Brooklyn Festival Sponsors: MCU Credit Union, Investors Bank, Our Time Press, Brooklyn Tourism and Visitors Center an initiative of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Jazz Promo Services, Afroart Designs, Pure Jazz Magazine Sponsors: Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium activities are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Robert Cornegy, Jr., Laurie Cumbo, and Darlene Mealy; CBJC member organizations, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation-Center for Arts & Culture, and Long Life Information & Referral Network. 2016 Media sponsors: Jazzmobile, Inc., Pure Jazz Magazine, Jazz Promo Services, and WBAI-99.5 FM. Jazz! The Women’s ViewPoint is also made possible by a donation from Sylvia Ryan; Youth Jazz Jamboree/Wellness Day made possible by a donation from George Johnson. Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium Membership 2016 Gold Members: Sylvia Ryan, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Welancora Gallery, Jeff King, BrownstoneJAZZ/Debbie Mclain, Pure Jazz Magazine/Cheatham & Brewster, Janes United Methodist Church/Garland Core, Jr., Williamsburg Music Center/Gerry Eastman, B.R. Edwards Associates Reality/Bessie Edwards, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Clarence Mosley, Jr., Up Over Jazz Productions/Bob Myers, Woody Woods Workin’ Music/Reggie Woods, Harold “The Jazz Poet” Valle, Beareather Reddy, United Music Makers/Mike Howard, Sue Yellin, George Johnson, Brother Napoleon Revels-Bey, Wayne Winston, PLGArts, Long Life Referral Network, Desserts By Michael Allen Silver Members: Rudy Walker, Steve Cromity, Guerilla Journalism, Eric Frazier, Michael C. Forth, Esq. Bronze Members: “The Singing Chef ”/Ras Chemash Lamed, Lauryn Jackson, Drake Colley 5