Join BRIC on October 21, 22 and 23 for our seventh annual JazzFest! This acclaimed three-day marathon Jazz festival will return in-person to BRIC House (647 Fulton) this fall.
**BRIC JazzFest 2021 is SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support**
**In accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, please note that this event will require proof of vaccination for entry. View our full COVID-19 safety protocals here.**
BRIC is proud to have WBGO as our Media Partner
FRIDAY | OCTOBER 22
Since Sun Ra’s death in 1993, the ensemble has been led by saxophonist Marshall Allen, and continues to carry on Sun Ra’s indomitable spirit, perpetuating his unique contributions to jazz and Afrofuturism. The Arkestra is an uplifting avant-garde history lesson in cosmic jazz, incorporating elements from throughout jazz history, including ragtime, swing, bebop, free jazz, and fusion.
Sun Ra Arkestra: Marshall Allen. Leader Alto Saxophone EVI Vocals. Tara Middleton, Vocals. Lauren Putty White, Dancer. Chris Hemingway, Alto Saxophone. James Stewart, Tenor Saxophone. Knoel Scott, Baritone Saxophone. Michael Ray, Trumpet. Cecil Brooks,Trumpet. Vincent Chancey, French Horn. D.Davis, Trombone. Robert Stringer, Trombone. Brent White, Trombone. Tyler Mitchell, Bass. Wayne Smith Jr., Drums.D.Hotep, Guitar. Elson Nascimento Surdo, Percussion.
In the 1980s and 1990s, saxophonist-composer-poet-actor Roy Nathanson personified downtown cool as a member of The Lounge Lizards and later with his signature group, The Jazz Passengers, bringing him together with trailblazers such as Hal Willner, Debbie Harry, Elvis Costello and Jeff Buckley. In the 2000s, he began teaching in New York City schools, where he met a new generation of iconoclasts, leading up to recent collaborations with the genre-agnostic Onyx Collective and singer-songwriter Nick Hakim. Throughout the pandemic, Nathanson has notably kept live music alive in his South Brooklyn neighborhood, performing impromptu concerts from his balcony. The New York Times wrote, “Beginning in April of last year, [Nathanson] played ‘Amazing Grace’ from his second-floor balcony in Ditmas Park every evening at 5 sharp — a soothing change from the constant wail of sirens. Soon a motley crew of local musicians took shape, and they joined him in playing that hopeful hymn for 82 days straight.
Joining Roy Nathanson & Nick Hakim: Curtis Fowlkes - trombone/vocals. Isaiah Barr - Tenor Sax. Gabe Nathanson - Trumpet/vocals. Savannah Harris - Drums. Josh Hari - Bass
Two-time Grammy nominated Thana Alexa brings her meaningful music to BRIC Jazzfest with "ONA." As Alexa describes, “ONA's universal message mines the depths of what it means to be a woman. Translated to "SHE" from my family's native Croatian, "ONA" was inspired by the cross generational and cross-cultural stories of the immigrant women in my family and evolved into an exploration of the experiences of contemporary women everywhere.”
Joining Thana Alexa: Sean Driscoll - guitar. Maya Kronfeld - piano/ fender rhodes. Noam Wiesenberg - electric/ acoustic bass. Antonio Sanchez - drums.
Born on a Hilltop in Tacoma but raised in the Southend of Seattle, Stas represents her home through and through. After learning all the lyrics to Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" at the age of 8, she realized that a career in Hip-Hop was her destiny. She is formerly one half of the Psychedelic-Space-Rap-Jazz duo THEESatisfaction, with whom she produced, wrote, and performed.
Adi Meyerson is an Israeli bassist & composer. Since moving to New York, Meyerson has successfully impacted the NYC scene and earned her title as an up and coming young talent, both as a bassist and Composer.
Joining Adi Meyerson: Sam Towse - Piano. Marquis Hill - Trumpet. Anne Drummond - Flute. Lucas Pino - Bass Calrient & Sax. Diego Ramirez - Drums.
Samir LanGus is a Grammy-nominated musician, born and raised in the city of Agadir, Morocco. Music has always been a part of the constant va-riety of street sounds of his city, from merchants to entertainers and calls to prayer. LanGus began learning Gnawa, a traditional, spiritual trance music, when he was 8 years old from the Gnawa masters of Morocco.
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. **In accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, please note that this event will require proof of vaccination for entry. View our full COVID-19 safety protocals here.**
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 email@example.com or 718.683.5610.