Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival is a celebration of New York’s most populous county’s musical legacy. This music series is NYC’s longest continually running grass roots event dedicated to the African inspired art form, called Jazz. The festival has grown from a nine-day neighborhood occasion to a highly anticipated month-long, borough-wide, musical observance.
Internationally recognized musicians and local musicians of note, perform in cultural centers, churches, clubs, colleges, and faith-based institutions. The backbone of this community-based festival are the musicians and venues that fuel Brooklyn’s nightlife economy and keep its music scene vibrate. The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival serves as an economic engine for under-resourced communities by providing artistic programming which attracts non-residents into the locality.
“Brooklyn Jazz” has a rich past and its legacy is celebrated every April, nationally known as Jazz Appreciation Month, by way of this music festival. Central Brooklyn stakes its claim as an American jazz capital due to native sons, landmark recordings, and venues. Lena Horne, Cecil Payne, Randy Weston, and Max Roach are deeply rooted in this borough. Jazz recordings which have a connection here: Freddie Hubbard’s, Night of The Cookers; Horace Silver’s, Cookin’ at The Continental; Slide Hampton’s, 245. The jazz shrines once housed here: The East, Blue Coronet, and Putnam Central just to illustrate Brooklyn’s jazz heritage. Robert Glasper and Gregory Porter are part of the new crop of jazz stars whose careers began in central Brooklyn. One understands why jazz aficionados, still, seek out Brooklyn to satisfy their musical appetites.