*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 Thursday will feature artists including The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, Matthew Stevens, Troker, Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down, the Kavita Shah Quintet, Binky Griptite Orchestra, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, Mike Casey Trio, and Sharel Cassity & Elektra. 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 Friday and Saturday, too!
All tickets are General Admission: STANDING*
Sharel Cassity & Elektra
One of the most exciting alto talents to come to prominence in the past decade, Sharel Cassity has quickly built a sterling reputation working alongside a veritable “Who’s Who” of jazz. With Elektra, Sharel blends a disparate set of genres—jazz, rock, soul, electronica, hip hop—into a creative, groove-driven sound for the audience.
Mike Casey Trio
Saxophonist Mike Casey is a recent graduate of the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz housed at University of Hartford’s Hartt School. Shortly before graduating in 2015, Casey was one of 24 young composers worldwide chosen to participate in the prestigious “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC led by Jason Moran. His compositions and playing style focus on rhythm, melody, space, lyricism, dynamics, contrast, communication, and phrasing, while delivering each musical statement with power, honesty, and passion. His album The Sound of Surprise was released February 7, 2017, garnering international attention.
Also featuring Matt Dwonszyk on bass and Corey Garcia on drums.
Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science
Celebrating 40 years in music, three-time Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington has worked with luminary artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Pharoah Sanders and countless others. To date, Carrington has released eight albums, most recently The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL, which features a leading cast of superb female instrumentalists and vocalists including Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Nancy Wilson, Ledisi, and others. BRIC JazzFest is excited to welcome her with the Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science this year.
Binky Griptite Orchestra
You know guitarist and vocalist Binky Griptite from his work with Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and many others. The Binky Griptite Orchestra is a 7 piece band featuring piano, guitar and horns and has a rotating cast of familiar faces as well as up and coming young players on the New York scene.
Kavita Shah Quintet
Hailed by NPR for her "amazing dexterity for musical languages," vocalist and composer Kavita Shah incorporates her ethnographic research on Brazilian, West African, and Indian folk music traditions into more traditional jazz. In 2014, she released her debut album, Visions, co-produced by guitar virtuoso Lionel Loueke, to critical acclaim; her second album, a program of standards in duet with bassist François Moutin, is due for release in 2017 and she brings all of this and more to BRIC JazzFest 2017 with the Kavita Shah Quintet.
Miles Mosley + the West Coast Get Down
L.A.-born Miles Mosley is a true force on the upright bass, incorporating effects pedals, his bow, his vocals and a horn section for his one-of-a-kind forward leaning solo projects. He has performed, recorded, produced and toured with artists including Rihanna, Chris Cornell, Christina Aguilera, Mos Def, India Arie, and Lauryn Hill. The West Coast Get Down (WCGD) is a collaborative group of musicians who move effortlessly through multiple genres of music.
If Salvador Dalí ever made a heist movie, then Mexico’s Troker would have been the soundtrack. The six-piece group has created a blend of both composed and improvised, where metal riffage merges with powerhouse funk drumming and DJ scratching, and where its melodic horn lines pull from both jazz and mariachi traditions. In 2015, the New York City Jazz Record rated Troker among the top 20 best performances of the year.
A leading guitarist of his generation, Matthew Stevens is a “singular talent, brimming with a strong identity” (Downbeat), whose playing has been called “honest and soulful” (Pitchfork) and whose latest release, PREVERBAL, is described as “music (that) advances the ideals of modern jazz.” (NPR)
The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen
Born in 1914, Sun Ra was a jazz legend who brought an entirely new perspective to jazz music during his lifetime. His innovative and sometimes controversial vision continues, long after his death, through The Sun Ra Arkestra, which is currently led by saxophonist Marshall Allen.
"All these years later, no one makes soul-stirring, spaced-out jazz quite like the Arkestra." (NPR)
*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.
Attendees of any BRIC House programming must show proof of full vaccination and photo ID for entry. Masks are currently required while inside BRIC House. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email Safety@bricartsmedia.org. For our full BRIC House COVID-19 policy, visit: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/safety.
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 Cristina Tamarez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718.683.5610.