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BRIC Announces Third Annual BRIC JazzFest, October 14-21

Jul 19, 2017 • 9:00 AM


Acclaimed New Festival Brings Together Globe-Trotting Jazz Legends, Groundbreaking Emerging Jazz Artists From Brooklyn And Beyond, And Grows In Third Year To Include:

  • A Full Week of Programming, Much of it Free, Featuring Performances By Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkesta Directed by Marshall Allen, Vijay Iyer, The Terri Lyne Carrington Band, GoGo Penguin and More
  • A Two-Night Jazz Film Series Featuring Screenings of Chasing Trane (2016) and more
  • A Three-Night Marathon, with 27 Groups Performing Overlapping Sets in the BRIC House Ballroom, Gallery and Artist Studio
  • A New Jazz & Justice Panel Discussion, Moderated By Musician and Author Greg Tate, on the Social Impact of Jazz
  • New Student Workshops For Elementary and Middle School Students to Engage with World-Class Jazz Artists and Educators 
  • A New EVIDENCE Community Dance Class by Master Artist/Choreographer Ronald K. Brown

BRIC is pleased to announce programming and other details of the 2017 BRIC JazzFest, the third annual edition of the celebrated Brooklyn jazz festival, conceived and curated by Jack Walsh, Lia Crockett and Brice Rosenbloom. As it expands even more in its third year, the Festival continues to deliver on the promise Nate Chinen suggested in The New York Times when he wrote, “Given what’s still a limited infrastructure for jazz in Brooklyn, BRIC JazzFest could be an important force for good.” The Festival takes place over the course of a week (October 14-21), featuring film, dance, 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).

With BRIC JazzFest, BRIC brings its decades of experience hosting the celebrated 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 includes performances by Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, Vijay Iyer, Terri Lyne Carrington Band, GoGo Penguin’s Koyaanisqatsi A New Score (performed live), Harriet Tubman, Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition, Samora Pinderhughes, Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down, Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirate Troubadours, Theo Croker Escape Velocity, Troker, Butcher Brown, Braxton Cook, Miramar, Imani Uzuri: Wild Cotton, Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies, Kavita Shah Quintet, Matana Roberts and many more. Performances take place in the state-of-the-art Ballroom, the relaxed Stoop overlooking the Brooklyn Photographs art exhibition in the BRIC Gallery, and the BRIC Artist Studio which transforms into an intimate jazz club.

For the second year, two nights of film on two giant screens in BRIC House will feature an array of classic films that shed light on influential artists and historical moments in jazz, including John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane (2016). Additional films to be announced.

The Festival adds another genre this year with a free, all-ages and skill levels EVIDENCE Community Dance Class taught by master artist/choreographer Ronald K. Brown.

Also new this year is a free Jazz & Justice panel discussion on the growing number of jazz elders and newcomers who are creating music that indicts, confronts and critiques, without pretending to provide easy answers. Moderated by author and musician Greg Tate, whose writings on culture and politics have been published in The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Artforum, Rolling Stone, VIBE, and many others; Tate is widely praised for his groundbreaking work on music’s social, political, economic and cultural implications. Panelists to be announced.

Elementary and middle school students are invited to new Student Workshops, where they will engage with world-class jazz artists and educators in a workshop that opens the minds and ears of our youth to the history and wonder of jazz music. Artist to be announced.

BRIC President Leslie G. Schultz said, “BRIC is thrilled to present the third annual BRIC JazzFest, offering an extraordinary array of jazz programming throughout the engaging spaces in BRIC House. Connecting New Yorkers from all backgrounds to world class live arts experiences in Brooklyn is core to BRIC’s mission.”  

“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 Tuesday, July 18 and to the general public on Friday, July 21, are $25 advance/$30 door (per day), with limited 3-day passes available for $65. 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.

BRIC JazzFest is generously supported by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Kim Soule/Compass, and TD Bank.

BRIC JazzFest’s promotional partner is WBGO 88.3FM.

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