If you are ever in Kansas City, Mo. check out the American Jazz Museum in historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. Upon arriving you will see quotes by Brooklyn's favorites sons Max Roach and Randy Weston. These giants of the music we call Jazz have be oftened quoted as saying that Jazz is an American art form created by African Americans and the naming of the music should reflect its heritage.

Brooklyn's legacy in the jazz community is well documented. From the 1940s thru
70s jazz greats such as Andy Kirk, Art Blakey, Wynton Kelly, Ray Abrams and McCoy Tyner (to name some) were frequent attractions at Brooklyn's jazz shrines: Sonia Ballroom, Blue Coronet, Putnam Central and The East. In fact a Brooklyn resident, Freddie Hubbard, put the Brooklyn club scene on the international map with his immortal recording, The Night of The Cookers, which featured a trumpet battle with Lee Morgan.

For a taste of Brooklyn Jazz visit the borough during Jazz Appreciation Month (April - U S public law 108-72) and participate in the 10th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival - "A Decade of Keeping Our Music Alive". Some of the musicians and events scheduled include: legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes - The Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Dave Valentin, Houston Person, Melba Moore, Ronnie Mathews/Freddie Hubbard Tribute, symposiums (Brooklyn jazz history & women in Jazz), youth programs, special programming for senior citizens, and the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony. For festival information call 718.569.1896 or visit www.cbjcjazz.org.

The heart and soul of this Brooklyn Jazz Festival is the community venues and its musicians. Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, producers of the 10th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, encourages all musicians to display their talents, be it via their music or words about "The Music" during this celebration of America's only orginal art form.


The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC), a not for profit art organization, creates programming that pays homage to the ancestors and makes the art form Jazz accessible to everyone, regardless of economic status.

Bob Myers - Communication Director, CBJC

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