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Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival 2015

CentralBklynJazzConsortiumCE Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium announces its 16th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival-“Where Jazz Lives” from April 17 thru May 17. This year NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Lou Donaldson performs as are other international and regional jazz artists. Festival 2015 celebrates Brooklyn’s contributions to the African influenced art form called Jazz. Nearly 50 events and more than 500 musicians expected to perform at venues throughout New York City. This music series is NYC’s longest continually running grassroots festival dedicated to Jazz. Info: www.cbjcjazz.org or 718.773.2252 x 103.

April is nationally known as Jazz Appreciation Month with events throughout America coordinated by the Smithsonian Institute. In accord with UNESCO’s world-wide jazz programs Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival 2015 offers variations of this music from Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean, Italy, and Mexico. Jazz artists with a global appeal such as Arturo O’Farrill, Wycliffe Gordon, Vivian Sessoms, Rudresh Mahanthappa, T.K. Blue, Dwight Brewster, Akua Dixon, Gerry Eastman, and Jeff King, just to name some, will present their interpretations.

The sixteenth edition of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival offers cultural entertainment for all ages and genres of jazz lovers. Events at Prospect Park Zoo-Samba with the Sea Lions, Coney Island Aquarium-William Spaulding Quintet, and a Youth Jamboree at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation are attractions for children and parents. Brooklyn hipsters will pack the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s café for The New Cookers show. A free International Jazz Day webcast from Paris at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Latin and Caribbean jazz aficionados will find their groove hearing the sounds of Dr. Mambo at The Gallery in Staten Island; Eddie Martinez & El Nuevo Con Sabor performs at Williamsburg Music Center; Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra in concert at Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival’s other events include ‘The Gala Concert” featuring Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet at Bedford Stuyvesant’s legendary Sugar Hill Supper Club. This affair raises funds for CBJC’s efforts to keep the music affordable for all. Jazz! The Women’s ViewPoint tells the stories of how the ladies survive in a male dominated business. An induction ceremony for the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame at the Brooklyn Historical Society. A tribute to hall of fame member, bassist Bob Cunningham, during an engagement at Brooklyn’s jazz shrine Jazz966. The ecumenical community presents jazz vesper programs exhibiting the significance of this art form to the African American populace at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian and Emmanuel Baptist Churches.

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