Jun 27, 2018 • 2:15 PM


Acclaimed Festival Continues BRIC’s 40th Anniversary Season, Bringing Together Globe-Trotting Jazz Legends and Groundbreaking Emerging Jazz Artists From Brooklyn and Beyond

Three-Night Marathon, with 27 Groups Performing Overlapping Sets in the BRIC House Ballroom, Gallery and Artist Studio, to feature Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Jazz Passengers and More

Festival to Include the World Premiere of a New Work by Keyon Harrold, Commissioned by BRIC for its 40th Anniversary


BRIC is pleased to announce initial programming and other details for the 2018 BRIC JazzFest, the fourth annual edition of the celebrated Brooklyn jazz festival, which continues a yearlong celebration to cap off four decades for the pioneering NYC arts-and-media organization and leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn. The Festival takes place over the course of a week (October 13-20) and continues to be what the New Yorker calls a “proudly eclectic gathering [that] remains unbounded by convention.” This year’s edition will feature film, dance, a panel discussion and student workshops, and culminates with a three-day concert marathon, with performances taking place simultaneously in the various spaces comprising BRIC House (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn). For its 40th anniversary, BRIC has commissioned rising star trumpeter Keyon Harrold to write a new piece of music which will have its world premiere at the 2018 BRIC JazzFest.

With BRIC JazzFest, BRIC brings its decades of experience hosting the beloved summer-long BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival into their state-of-the-art home in Fort Greene, providing an experience that’s true to their mission of making cultural programming genuinely accessible. Billboard writes, “[BRIC JazzFest] prove[s] an excellent argument for standing-room jazz functions in general: lower financial barrier to entry, higher population of listeners, and a more engaged audience.”

The three-night jazz marathon (October 18-20) includes performances by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Meshell Ndegeocello, Cyrus Chestnut, Stefon Harris, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Kat Edmonson, Xenia Rubinos, Jazz Passengers, Keyon Harrold, Deva Mahal, Resident Alien, Camila Meza, Lakecia Benjamin, Madison McFerrin, JD Allen, Arnetta Johnson, Yasser Tejeda y Palotré, Yotam Ben-Or Quartet, Noa Fort, and more to be announced soon. Performances take place in the state-of-the-art BRIC Ballroom, the relaxed Stoop overlooking visual artist Mary Mattingly’s What Happens After exhibition in the BRIC Gallery, and the BRIC Artist Studio, which transforms into an intimate jazz club.

“This is not your traditional jazz festival,” said Jack Walsh, BRIC’s Vice President of Performing Arts. “The BRIC JazzFest is curated using a broad, multidisciplinary, and inclusive approach that BRIC is known for and which connects this all-important musical genre to a range of audiences as diverse as Brooklyn—from curious newcomers to die-hard fans.”  

Free events require RSVP at Tickets for the BRIC JazzFest Marathon, which go on sale to BRIC members on Wednesday, June 27 and to the general public on Friday, June 29, are $30 advance/$35 door (per day), with limited 3-day passes available for $70. Tickets can be purchased by visiting The Box Office at BRIC House is open on performance days only, one hour prior to the event. BRIC House is located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn and is open weekdays and Saturdays at 8am and Sundays at 10am.


About BRIC

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. The organization presents and incubates work by artists and media-makers that reflects the diversity of New York. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

BRIC’s main venue, BRIC House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio and artist work spaces.

Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park; groundbreaking media initiatives, including BRIC TV, BRIC Radio, and Brooklyn Free Speech; and renowned contemporary art exhibitions. BRIC also offers education and community-building programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences. BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables BRIC to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.


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