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CBJC Festival Magazine 2016

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.

Chairmen’s Message

Chairmen’s Message “Jazz is what liberates you. It is the most liberating music on the planet.” Clarence Mosley Jr. Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) is proud to launch our 16th Annual Jazz Festival. We are proud to be the only grass roots organization consistently supporting the culture that is focused on recognizing and paying homage to the creative forces in our community. Jazz has been and continues to be the voice that sings our joys and sorrows while incorporating the richness of the African Diaspora. Jazz musicians have always been ahead of the curve in telling our story. Central Brooklyn has been blessed to have Giants like Max Roach, 6 Randy Weston, Roland Alexander, Joe Carroll, Betty Carter and many more to share their voices in our community. I am proud to be the Chairman of CBJC and fortunate to stand on the shoulder of those visionaries who had an idea in 1999, to have the courage to start a festival that uplifts the community and recognizes the artists, venues and the community that have enriched our culture. I want to thank Jitu Weusi, Torrie McCartney, Rosalind Blair, Viola Plummer and Alma Carol for having the vision to launch the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. The venues and artists in our community are being challenged as the music moves out of our community. CBJC continues to give an affordable opportunity to artists and venues to support the economic engine in our community. I would like to thank our patrons and the community for your continued support. Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium is a 501(c)3 Not For Profit and we need the spiritual and financial support of the community.

Bessie Edwards Dear CBJC Supporters:, Central Brooklyn Jazz is especially proud of this 17th Annual Central Brooklyn Festival. We are feeling the excitement in the community as we kick-off this year’s event with a gathering of club and restaurant owners, musicians, members of the press and CBJC supporters at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. For the past 17 years CBJC has celebrated Brooklyn’s contributions to the African influenced art form called Jazz. Although we view this music series as an opportunity to celebrate and promote Jazz, it also serves as an economic contribution to Brooklyn’s restaurants, clubs and other supporting small business services. With nearly 50 events and more than 700 musicians expected to perform throughout the borough, the economic impact is worth mentioning as it benefits the entire community. This year we are especially grateful for the support provided by our on-going partners, CBJC member organizations and friends. This year’s programs are made possible in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. We are inspired to continue to pursue our mission to preserve and promote JAZZ. Please invite your friends and family to come out to the celebration and enjoy a month of Brooklyn Jazz! Sincerely, Bessie R. Edwards 7