BRIC JazzFest culminates in a three-night, three-stage live music marathon with overlapping sets by global legends, groundbreaking artists, and exciting newcomers to jazz. You can move freely among performances and catch as many artists as you like each night, as performances take place in the intimate jazz club-like Artist Studio, the expansive Stoop overlooking the Gallery, and the state-of-the-art Ballroom—all within BRIC House.
BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 1 will feature Ravi Coltrane, Dayramir Gonzalez, Mayaka McCraven, Cousin from Another Planet (a new project from Aaron Whitby), Sasha Berliner Azalea, Roxy Coss Quintet, and Salami Rose Joe Louis. More information about each performer is included below.
All tickets are General Admission: STANDING*
Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed GRAMMY Award-nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a 20+ year career, Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others, and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM. Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Having released six albums as a leader, Coltrane’s latest, Spirit Fiction, was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others. Ravi lives in Brooklyn, and maintains a fast-paced touring, recording, composing, and performance schedule, which brings him to BRIC JazzFest this fall.
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist Dayramir (DY-ruh-meer) Gonzalez began his professional career as a pianist and composer with former Irakere member, Oscar Valdes’ Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble Diákara at the age of 16. Since winning Havana’s JoJazz festival in 2004 and 2005, Gonzalez has gone from winning three Cubadisco awards for his 2007 debut album Dayramir & Habana enTRANCé to becoming Berklee College of Music’s first Cuban national “Presidential Scholarship" recipient to performing in 15,000-seat stadiums with legends like Chucho and Bebo Valdes and headlining Carnegie Hall, representing the young generation of Afro-Cuban jazz. The culmination of his journey bringing the Afro-Cuban music legacy to New York is synthesized in his latest album, The Grand Concourse, a name inspired by the thoroughfare that runs through the Bronx. Gonzalez is making his mark as a leading international composer, orchestrator, bandleader and pianist, also serving as the co-founder of The Art School of Contemporary Performance and Creativity, providing musical education to city elementary and high school kids with higher musical aspirations in the Bronx.
Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The cutting edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive creative process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization. Called “a sound visionary” (Jazz in Chicago) who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (The Word is Bond), McCraven brilliantly moves between genres and pushes the boundaries of jazz and rhythm to create forms of his own. His breakthrough album In the Moment was released in January 2015 and by the end of the year it was a “Best of 2015” selection for Los Angeles Times, Pop Matters, NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll, and Apple Music. In 2016, In The Moment was hailed by Turntable Lab as “one of the most important recordings to date in the modern Jazz world.” The critical and communal reception of In The Moment led to greater breakthroughs in the live setting for McCraven, including a historic co-headlining Chicago performance with Kamasi Washington in the fall of 2015 and a major showing at the New York City Winter Jazz Festival in January of 2016, where he was named a “Top 5 Artist to Watch” by both NPR and Billboard, and garnered glowing reviews from the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Downbeat Magazine.
Cousin from Another Planet: A New Project from Aaron Whitby
Aaron Whitby is an award-winning record producer, composer/songwriter, pianist, engineer, and educator born and raised in London, England, and a longtime resident of Brooklyn, New York. Whitby is best known for his work with longtime collaborator Martha Redbone, the acclaimed Native/African-American songstress with whom he created the music genre “Native Soul” and subsequently took poet William Blake to Appalachia. With Cousin From Another Planet his debut album as frontman, Whitby comes full circle to his jazz and funk roots pulling together an amazing cast of friends to realize his musical vision, as described by renowned music writer Greg Tate, of “a funk-da-fied jam session feel undergirding tight, knotty jazz-smart progressions.” With tunes inspired by the animated energy and profound innocence of his young son, humorous lyrics that celebrate empathy and empowerment, and musicians given the freedom to take the music wherever it feels good, Cousin From Another Planet live onstage is a music and visual experience accompanied by a video artshow by VJ Lady Firefly (Dave Chappelle, The Roots) to capture the colorful, cartoonish and movement-inspired worldview.
Sasha Berliner Azalea
Sasha Berliner is a musician, composer, producer, and band leader from San Francisco, CA. After starting to play drums at eight years old, she pursued a jazz emphasis at her high school, Oakland School for the Arts, where she picked up the vibraphone at age 13. At 16, she wrote and published her first album entitled Gold, and was a member of the SFJazz High School All Stars Orchestra. An alumnae of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, Berliner has headlined at venues like the Atlanta Jazz Festival, NYC Winter Jazz Festival, The Jazz Gallery, Blue Note, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Deemed one of SFJazz's 10 Rising Female Instrumentalists for 2018, Berliner has been featured by The SFJazz Education Center, PBS NewsHour, NPR, and The New York Times for both her musicianship and her activism. She is also the first US recipient of the LetterOne “Rising Stars” Jazz Award. “Blazing a path for herself as someone to watch,” (Paste Magazine) Berliner will surely make waves at BRIC JazzFest.
Roxy Coss Quintet
The Roxy Coss Quintet is a New York City-based modern jazz ensemble led by musician, composer, bandleader, educator and activist Roxy Coss. One of the most unique and innovative saxophonists on the scene, Coss is the winner of the 2016 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award; Downbeat Magazine Critics’ Poll listed her as a "Rising Star" on Soprano Saxophone for the past five years in a row, calling her "an exceptional young talent”; and JazzIz listed her an “Artist to Watch in 2019.” The Roxy Coss Quintet, started in 2008, has headlined nationally at many major venues and festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival, NYC Winter JazzFest, Earshot and Ballard Jazz Festivals, the Appel Room for the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Awards, the Jazz Standard, Jazz Showcase, and the Midwest Clinic “Music & Arts” Reception. The band was selected as the first ever recipient of the Emerging Artist Project, a four-year grant from the Local 802 Musicians Union, AFM of Greater New York; was chosen as a finalist in the 2018 D.C. Jazz Prix; and has held residencies at SMOKE Jazz Club, Club Bonafide, and 181 Cabrini in NYC.
Salami Rose Joe Louis
Salami Rose Joe Louis is a multi-instrumentalist female producer from California and a recent signee to Flying Lotus’s independent label Brainfeeder. Drawing influences from jazz, soul, hip-hop, Shuggie Otis, Captain Beefheart, Stereolab, and R. Stevie Moore, she creates a blend of experimental dreamy sounds with jazz influenced vocals and piano. After a couple years of touring as a singer/instrumentalist with other bands and collaborating with groups such as Bizarre Ride (Pharcyde), Dj Numark, and Starro, a bandmate gave her an MV8800, catalyzing a deep dive into the production world. She went on to self record and mix both of her albums on the MV, Son of a Sauce and Zlaty Sauce Nephew. Humbled by the greats, she was overjoyed to hear her album Zlaty Sauce Nephew made bandcamp's best 100 albums list in 2017. Drawing from her studies in planetary sciences, she creates a celestial experience filled with space inspired sounds and galaxy chords.
*BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. We can always accommodate wheelchair/mobility device accessible seating, please purchase your ticket(s) online, and call 718-683-5986 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.