*Artist Set Times Below*
Now in its third year, Brooklyn's ultimate jazz festival includes film, dance, panel discussions, student workshops; and a three-stage, three-night live music marathon that celebrates some of the most exciting global legends in jazz, and groundbreaking new jazz artists from Brooklyn and beyond.
BRIC JazzFest Marathon Friday will feature artists Regina Carter: Simply Ella, Samora Pinderhughes, Braxton Cook, the Vijay Iyer Sextet, Jazzmeia Horn, Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirate Troubadours, Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies, Miramar, and LaFrae Sci + the Groove Diplomacy Youth Orchestra. Set times and more information about each performer below!
These ensembles perform staggered sets in multiple spaces throughout BRIC House so you can move freely among performances and catch as many artists as you like each night—all happening in the state-of-the-art Ballroom, the relaxed Stoop overlooking the upcoming Brooklyn Photographs exhibition in BRIC Gallery, and our intimate jazz club in the BRIC Artist Studio. Don’t forget to check out the set times for BRIC JazzFest Marathon Thursday and Saturday, too!
All tickets are General Admission: STANDING*
LaFrae Sci + the Groove Diplomacy Youth Orchestra
LaFrae Sci is an internationally sought composer, drummer and educator who teaches at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and is also a founding teaching member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in N.Y.C. As a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, she has taught master classes and performed in more than 30 countries. This experience led LaFrae to develop and launch the NGO Groove Diplomacy, whose mission is to create youth engagement programs internationally using musical expression as a vehicle to empower, ignite, heal & create mutual understanding.
Using a somewhat traditional instrumentation that includes organ, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and an occasional string quartet, Miramar's arrangements distill the essence of the golden age of boleros—the romantic ballads that originated in Cuba at the turn of the 20th century—while adding touches that reveal the band's scope and diversity.
Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies
Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies is a fresh collaboration featuring three trumpets, two trombones and drums. Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator, and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work. In this new collaboration, Douglas writes new music for brass quartet The Westerlies, who are known to explore jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both "folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous" (NPR Music).
Featuring: Dave Douglas, Riley Mulherkar, Zubin Hensler (Trumpets), Andy Clausen & Willem de Koch (Trombone), Anwar Marshall (Drums)
Trombonist, composer, and arranger Papo Vazquez has a decades long career that spans jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, and classical music. With an extensive discography, he has been honored with several Grammy Awards and nominations, and in 2015, he was given the Latino Masters Award by the Pregones Theater, under The National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Presenting program.
Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself. With an assured maturity and vocal confidence, Al Jarreau referred to the young singer as "not only a vocalist, but a musician with big ears, and wisdom beyond her years."
Vijay Iyer Sextet
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today;" by the Los Angeles Weekly as "a boundless and deeply important young star;" and by Minnesota Public Radio as "an American treasure." Vijay has released over 20 albums covering remarkably diverse terrain and in August, released Far From Over, the first album from the Vijay Iyer Sextet.
Braxton Cook is one of this generation's emerging voices on the alto saxophone. He is also a talented vocalist and songwriter whose sound blends both his soul and R&B influences with his musical background in jazz. With his 2017 album Somewhere in Between, Braxton continues to link the soul music that he was raised on with the jazz that he has studied and grown to love—and he brings that all to the BRIC JazzFest this year.
Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a composer/pianist/vocalist, known for large multidisciplinary projects and for his use of music to examine sociopolitical issues. A graduate of Juilliard, Samora has performed in venues including the White House, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, and Carnegie Hall, and has toured internationally with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, and Emily King. His first album, The Transformations Suite, was released in October 2016 to great acclaim, recently profiled in The New York Times and NPR.
Pinderhughes will also share his experience as a musician and activist as a speaker at our free Jazz & Justice Panel Discussion on Tuesday, October 17.
Regina Carter: Simply Ella
Throughout her 30+ year career, renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter has traveled the world and performed with myriad jazz and pop artists, starting with the all-female pop-jazz quintet Straight Ahead and then with artists including Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, Kenny Barron, Cassandra Wilson, Oliver Lake, and Wynton Marsalis, among others. Starting with her self-titled solo debut in 1995, she has produced dozens of albums, culminating in this year's Ella: Accentuate the Positive, which celebrates the 100th birthday of her musical idol and inspiration, Ella Fitzgerald.
*We can always accommodate wheelchair/mobility device accessible seating, please purchase your ticket(s) online, and call 718-683-5608 to give us notice.
BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough.
BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Nia I'man Smith at nsmith@BRICartsmedia.org or 718.683.5986.
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BRIC JazzFest 2017 Marathon ThursdayOct 19, 2017 • 7:30 PM
BRIC JazzFest 2017 Marathon SaturdayOct 21, 2017 • 7:30 PM