9th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival

The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC presents its 9th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival from March 29 - May 2, 2008. Over forty (40) artists, over 40 concerts and events in over 20 days will take place in Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Midwood, Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant sections of Brooklyn. This annual celebration is the borough's largest jazz festival.

Festival calendar of events is available on the Internet,, or by phone, 718.569.1896. Contact our exclusive travel partner Evette Dorham, at Travel Counsellors 800.807.9142, cell 404.634. 6662 or email

This year's festival theme is, BROOKLYN - In the JAZZ Tradition. “Tradition makes reference to our ancestors and the cultural legacy they left behind. Eubie Blake (in the 1920s), Billie Holiday and Betty Roche (in the late 1930s), Max Roach, Cecil Payne, Chief Bey, Willie Jones, Kenny Dorham and C. Scoby Stroman (in the late 1940s and beyond) paved a path for the jazz legacy of Brooklyn, New York. Today in 2008, we must research and study the Jazz legacy of Brooklyn and use it to mold and shape the future of our lives - 'Music is the healing force of the universe (Albert Ayler),'" said Jitu Weusi, Chairman of Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium.

BROOKLYN - In the JAZZ Tradition is a cultural celebration which also brings together our borough's creative communities (literature, film, photography and education) with Jazz. Programs and performances will be held at Weeksville Heritage Center, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library, Medgar Evers College, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Historical Society, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Paul Robeson Theatre, Concord Baptist Church of Christ as well as Brooklyn's popular entertainment venues: Sista's Place, Solomon's Porch, BAMcafe Live, Jazz Spot, Williamsburg Music Center, Sugar Hill Restaurant & Supper Club and Jazz 966 just to name some.

9th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival highlights this year include an award presentation to legendary jazz stylist Nancy Wilson; presentation by Member of the Executive Council, Republic of South Africa, Mr. Darkey Ephraim Africa; Olu Dara's, “Stranded in Brooklyn" free concert; swing dance party with Ray Abrams Big Band featuring vocalist Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch; fine art by musician Dick Griffin at Afroarts Design gallery; film screening of “The Music Inn" with Randy Weston; Alma Carroll and Emme Kemp in Jazz! The Women's Viewpoint; Jazz great Houston Person; Jeff King Band; Eric Frazier; Wade Barnes; Rome Neal; Ray Anderson & The Versatiles featuring Jann Parker at Janes United Methodist Church; history of Brooklyn Jazz lecture/jam session with The New Cookers (Kenyatta Beasley, Anthony Wonsey); Sam Newsome leads Long Island University's jazz ensemble in tribute to Brooklyn bebopper Cecil Payne; Latin Jazz with Arturo O'Farrill featuring Steve Turre; Dwight Brewster & Afro Caribbean Jazz Experience; several educational forums such as, Brooklyn's jazz heritage, immigrants contributions to the music, and Brooklyn Jazz History with Professor Jeffrey Taylor; special celebration of the life of Brooklyn's native son Max Roach.

The annual Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Opening Day Gala on Wednesday, April 2nd. This year's inductees include: Deacon Leroy Applin Young Lion/Lioness, Maurice Brown; Jazz Shrine, Blue Coronet; Jazz Impact, James Spaulding; Life Time Achievement, Cedar Walton; and Hall of Fame entrant, Cecil Payne.

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