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 2 will feature Georgia Anne Muldrow, Amina Claudine Myers: Generations 4, Kneebody, Joel Ross’ Good Vibes, María Grand, Tosin Aribisala Trio, and QNA. More information about each performer is included below.
All tickets are General Admission: STANDING*
Georgia Anne Muldrow
“Georgia Anne Muldrow is all about showing and spreading love.” (NPR) Part of the fabric of Los Angeles’ hip-hop / jazz / soul avant-garde since 2005, Muldrow has built a mightily impressive discography and a reputation to match during her career as a vocalist, songwriter, producer, and musician. She first lit up the scene with her debut album Olesi: Fragments Of An Earth (2006) on cult L.A. imprint Stones Throw, where she met, befriended and collaborated with the likes of Madlib, Oh No, MED (fka Medaphor), Wildchild, DJ Romes, and her future partner Dudley Perkins, aka Declaime. She co-founded the SomeOthaShip Connect record label with Dudley in 2008, the platform and springboard for many of her musical travels that have expanded and extended down myriad pathways under numerous monikers. It is fitting that in 2018 she would sign to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder imprint—a record label deeply embedded in L.A., with a ton of shared history and a united vision of the future—to release her stunning new album, Overload. Muldrow’s rich musical heritage and the sheer weight of her catalogue have earned her the respect of peers such as Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Bilal, and Robert Glasper who invited Georgia to perform on his Miles Ahead soundtrack in 2016.
Amina Claudine Myers: Generations 4
Amina Claudine Myers studied and played piano all throughout her childhood—and when she was in high school, she helped form a group with two names “The Gospel Four” and “The Royal Hearts,” which traveled locally for gospel shows and sang popular rhythm and blues songs. Her introduction to jazz came at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., where she majored in music education and played in the jazz band under the direction of Mr. A. R. Whaley. After taking a job playing in a jazz club during college, Myers eventually got involved in the music scene in Chicago and then New York, where she moved in 1976. She toured Europe with The Lester Bowie Quintet and The NY Organ Ensemble and performed worldwide as soloist, trio, quartet, sextet, and as part of a voice choir. While Myers has recorded nine albums as a bandleader, she has has collaborated, recorded, and toured with musicians and other artists over the years including saxophonist/composer Archie Shepp, composer/vibraphonist Cecila Smith, composer/vocalist Sola Lui, choreographer Diane Mcintyre, writer OyamO, and more. Myers continues to perform jazz, blues, gospel, and extended forms of music and teaches privately in NYC.
Kneebody, a group that met in their late teens while at The Eastman School of Music and Cal Arts, produces a sound all of its own. “The band has always had the same lineup, honing its vision into something that hovers in the worlds of jazz and rock while tossing in other genre elements, as well.” (Spinner) Kneebody is keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood. Since its inception in 2001, each band member has amassed an impressive list of credits and accomplishments over the years all while the band has continued to thrive and grow in reputation, solidifying a fan base around the world .Kneebody draws upon influences spanning D’Angelo’s Voodoo to music by Elliot Smith, Bill Frisell, and Miles Davis. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the Radiohead ilk, for the rhythmic bombast of a Squarepusher or Queens of the Stone Age show, and the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a Brad Mehldau concert. More than two years after releasing Anti-Hero, their Motéma Records debut, in March 2017, Kneebody comes to BRIC JazzFest.
Joel Ross’ Good Vibes
Chicago native Joel Ross is a “bright young vibraphonist on his own rocket-like trajectory” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times) who has performed with historic and seasoned artists—Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris—as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, and Marquis Hill. Twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and a 2013 YoungArts Jazz Finalist, he’s also had the opportunity to perform at the Brubeck, Monterey, Seattle, and Chicago Jazz Festivals, and at internationally-celebrated venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, SF Jazz in San Francisco, and Club Vibrato in Los Angeles. Winning first place at the 2016 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival ‘Jazz Forward’ Competition, Ross was also a winner of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, in Amsterdam. He will be performing at BRIC JazzFest with his newly minted Joel Ross’ Good Vibes ensemble.
A saxophonist, composer, educator, and vocalist, María Grand moved to New York City in 2011 and she has since become an important member of the city’s creative music scene, performing extensively in projects featuring musicians such as Nicole Mitchell, Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Mary Halvorson, Jen Shyu, Fay Victor, Joel Ross, Aaron Parks, Miles Okazaki, and more. María writes and performs her original compositions with her ensemble, DiaTribe; her debut EP TetraWind was picked as “one of the 2017’s best debuts” by the NYC Jazz Record and her full-length album Magdalena was praised by major publications such as Downbeat; Billboard; JazzIz; JazzTimes, which named her Best New Artist in the 2018 Reader’s Poll; and The New York Times, which called her “an engrossing young tenor saxophonist with a zesty attack and a solid tonal range.” She has toured Europe, the United States, and South America, playing in venues and festivals such as WinterJazzFest and the Village Vanguard in NYC, La Villette Jazz Festival in Paris, Saafelden Jazz Festival in Austria, Millennium Park in Chicago, the Blue Whale in LA, IloJazz in Guadeloupe (FR), and now BRIC JazzFest.
Tosin Aribisala Trio
Considered a renaissance force in music, the music of composer, percussionist and vocalist, Tosin Aribisala, speaks highly of his multidimensional approach to his music—a fusion of jazz, world music, gospel, rock, reggae, Afrobeat, and Yoruba rhythms. Over the years, he has drawn inspirations from his musical influences: Tony Allen, Art Blakey, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Keziah Jones, and Sting. Besides his heavy groove on the drum set, Tosin also writes and sings in Yoruba, English, and Pidgin English—languages he speaks fluently. This special treat can be heard on his latest album, Afrika Rising (Ropeadope Records).
QNA is a band from New York City, with cultural backgrounds that spans across American, Afro-Caribbean, South-East Asian, and European traditions. Members include Supe, Míng, Diego Cebollero, Dylan Kaminkow, and Alix Goffic, QNA makes music that reflects their love of adventure and fuses a multitude of genres. Having studied under the likes of John Pattitucci, Danilo Perez, and The Last Poets, QNA’s music is in the language of jazz and hip-hop. XII, their debut EP, attracted the attention of Sway’s Universe, amongst others, and "With cerebral lyrics mixed with intense, dizzying improvisation, reminiscent of the golden age of hard bop, the group arises to a place of their own.” (Hip-Hop Headquarters) Their motto is simple: don’t try so hard. Stop overthinking, keep exploring, and stay listening.
* 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.
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BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 1Oct 24, 2019 • 7:30 PM