Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival 2014

15th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, March 28 thru April 30, 2014, presented by the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. This music series is New York City's longest continuously running grassroots festival dedicated to jazz. More than 500 artists performing in over 50 events at various venues throughout Brooklyn. This celebration is financially accessible and open to all.

International acclaimed artists and Brooklyn favorities performing at entertainment venues, cultural, educational and faith based institutions during Jazz Appreciation Month. Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival has grown from a nine day neighborhood event to a highly anticipated month long borough-wide music series. The backbone of this community based jazz festival are the musicians and venues that fuel Brooklyn's nightlife economy and keep its music scene vibrate.

Festival 2014 features internationally acclaimed artists and Brooklyn favorites performing at Brooklyn cultural/faith based institutions, community centers, restaurants/bars, and entertainment venues. Musicians such as Lou Donaldson, Cynthia Scott, Vanessa Rubin, Stanley Banks, Emeline Michel, Vincent Herring, Winard Harper, Dr. Mambo, Eric Lemon, Gerry Eastman, Jeff King, Steve Cromity, William Spaulding, Peter Bernstein, The New Cookers, and others will headline performances at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture-Brooklyn Public Library, Emmanuel Baptist Church, New York Aquarium, BrownstoneJAZZ, For My Sweet Event Space, Madiba Restaurant, Two Steps Down, Williamsburg Music Center, and the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame ceremony at Brooklyn Historical Society. Programs honoring ladies in Jazz, "Jazz! The Women's ViewPoint"; a Claver Place Street Festival at For My Sweet dedicated to South Africa (20th anniversary as a democracy), and showcasing the future of this art form with an afternoon of young people in the "Youth Jazz Jamboree." are also scheduled.

"Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium mantra for festival 2014, 'Forward Ever, Backward Never'." states festival coordinator Bob Myers, "This revolutionary battle cry is a fitting slogan for this Brooklyn music festival bringing together various ethnic groups through the language of Jazz. As the borough tackles the challenges of evenly spreading economic opportunities. The arts will play a greater role in addressing disparities existing in this municipality." Events will take place in various neighborhoods such as Brownsville, Bushwick, Coney Island, Crown Heights, East New York, and Williamsburg just to name some. Patrons not only enjoy great jazz but can experience the cuisines of the 93 ethnic groups living within the festival's boundaries.

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 fourteen (14) 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.

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