Saturday, October 19, 2019 to Saturday, October 26, 2019
The BRIC Jazzfest, now celebrating its fifth year, will take place October 19 to 26, 2019, featuring film, poetry, conversation, and a three-night, three-stage live music marathon with overlapping sets by global legends, groundbreaking artists, and exciting newcomers to jazz.
The BRIC JazzFest Music Marathon will take place Thursday to Saturday, October 24 to 26, featuring performances by more than 20 artists including Ravi Coltrane (quartet), Georgia Anne Muldrow, Makaya McCraven, Kneebody, and more to be announced—including one more headliner! See below for an early sneak peek at the artists on the lineup.
The Brooklyn Poetry Slam brings the spoken word to BRIC JazzFest on Monday, Oct 21, with Brooklyn’s best slam poets for a gathering of words, wisdom, and music to highlight the crisscrossing influences and beats of jazz, poetry, and hip hop.
Hosted by poet, activist, and educator Mahogany L. Browne and with music by DJ Jive Poetic, this edition will feature a special performance of improvised music and poetry with bassist Max Michael Jacob and poet Cyrus Aaron, followed by the Slam and an Open Mic. This event is free with RSVP, held in the BRIC House Ballroom.
BRIC JazzFest features two films that shed light on some of the most influential artists and historical moments in jazz, Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes (Tue, October 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM) and Amazing Grace (Tue, October 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM), with both screenings FREE with RSVP.
Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes is an evocative journey behind the scenes of the legendary label Blue Note Records. Through the lens of sessions and conversations with current Blue Note artists, many of whom have performed at BRIC JazzFest and the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, the film goes back in time to reveal how Blue Note gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Using rare archival recordings and images, the film chronicles the founders’ mission, landmark recordings, and their vital connections with today’s artists and music.
Amazing Grace (2018), with a FREE screening on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 7:30pm with RSVP, has taken decades to be released but is worth the wait. Over two days in January of 1972, Aretha Franklin sang at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. A film crew was there to record, and the audio became Franklin’s biggest selling album. The Washington Post says the film is “nothing short of a miracle.”