Sep 13, 2023 • 12:00 PM




Acclaimed Festival Blends The Worlds Of Jazz And Hip-Hop with a Mix of Established Artists & Rising Talent Including Reggie Workman, Alexa Tarantino, Cisco Swank, Jonathan Michel: L’Ouverture, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Nite Bjuti and Strings N Skins

Two Stage, Three-Night Festival Includes Special Panel Discussion & Film Series  

Daily And 3-Day Passes Available HERE



Brooklyn, NY (September 13, 2023) -  Today, BRIC, a leading, multi-disciplinary arts and media institution anchored in downtown Brooklyn, unveiled additional artists slated to perform at this year’s eagerly anticipated BRIC JazzFest. Set to take place at BRIC House from October 19-21 with two stages, this year's festival promises to be an extraordinary celebration of jazz and its influences. In addition to the live acts, BRIC JazzFest will kick off the first night with a special panel discussion exploring the intersection of Jazz & Hip-Hop, and  there will be an ongoing film series taking place onsite during the festival.

The newly confirmed artists joining the BRIC JazzFest 2023 lineup include:

  • Reggie Workman (Thursday, 10/19), is recognized as one of the most original and technically gifted bassists in jazz and American contemporary music.
  • Alexa Tarantino (Thursday, 10/19), a vibrant and versatile jazz saxophone and woodwind artist, triple-nominated as a “Rising Star Alto Saxophonist” by Downbeat Magazine's Critics' Poll from 2020-2022.
  • Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Cisco Swank  (Friday, 10/20), who hails from Brooklyn, NY, and is quickly rising as a staple in the city's R&B, jazz, and hip-hop communities.
  • Jonathan Michel: L'Ouverture (Friday, 10/20), a world premiere concert featuring Emeline Michel, Riva Precil, and Val Jeanty, celebrating the vital role of Haitian women in music and culture.
  • Vocalist and composer, Sarah Elizabeth Charles (Saturday, 10/21), known for her exceptional talent and innovative compositions.
  • Nite Bjuti feat. Candice Hoyes, Val Jeanty and Mimi Jones -pronounced Night Beauty- (Saturday, 10/21), an evocative improvised trio of Afro-Caribbean artists using a blend of electronics, vocalism, bass, Haitian drum rhythms, sampling, and spoken word to craft a captivating narrative journey.
  • Strings N Skins (Friday, 10/20), a band comprised of Haitian vocalist and percussionist Okai, Colombian vocalist, dancer, and Latin Grammy Award-winning violinist, Luisa "Lulu" Bastidas, alongside drummer and producer Lautaro Burgos and keyboard guru and producer Eric Lane.
  • Panikkar Rosner & Leigh (Thursday, 10/19), a bebop and post-bop centric jazz octet featuring three vocalists in the instrumental vocal style of Lambert Hendricks & Ross.

The festival's closing night jam session promises an unforgettable experience with the Trill Mega Jam Featuring The Jungle and Guests. The jam session will culminate in an “expanded sense of jazz” led by a well known NYC party called The Jungle, which will feature artists spanning across multiple genres. The Jungle is an Afro Diaspora Dance party and live music experience curated by DJ, producer and jazz musician Zacchaeus Paul and is comprised of of DJs, musicians, and artists delivering a stimulating sonic experience that traverses the African Diaspora, embracing Latin, Jazz, Afrobeat, Amapiano, Percussion, Brazilian, Caribbean, House and Soul.

Previously announced headliners include Georgia Anne Muldrow and Terrace Martin, as well as Isaiah Collier, Amina Claudine Myers Trio, Melanie Charles / Orrin Evans Duo, B. Cool-Aid, BIGYUKI, Miki Yamanaka, and George Burton.

This year's BRIC JazzFest was thoughtfully co-curated by Melanie Charles, in collaboration with BRIC JazzFest producer Viviana Benitez and NYC Winter JazzFest Founder Brice Rosenbloom.

In addition to the stellar musical performances, BRIC JazzFest is exploring the connection between jazz and hip-hop, building on BRIC Hip-Hop's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop and beyond. More details to come.

Tickets for BRIC JazzFest 2023 are available now, with options for daily and 3-day passes. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to experience the diverse range of jazz.

For more information and to stay updated on event details, please visit the BRIC website at www.bricartsmedia.org/JazzFest

Buy tickets for BRIC JazzFest: HERE 

Apply for BRIC JazzFest Media Credentials HERE

BRIC JazzFest 2023

OCT. 19 Terrace Martin | Melanie Charles / Orrin Evans Duo | Isaiah Collier | Reggie Workman | Alexa Tarantino | Panikkar Rosner & Leigh

OCT. 20 Georgia Anne Muldrow | BIGYUKI | George Burton | Jonathan Michel: L’Ouverture |  Cisco Swank | Strings N Skins

OCT. 21 Amina Claudine Myers Trio | B. Cool-Aid | Miki Yamanaka | Sarah Elizabeth Charles | Trill Mega Jam Featuring The Jungle And Guests | Nite Bjuti feat. Candice Hoyes, Val Jeanty and Mimi Jones

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For More Information Contact:

Wendy Washington

Decota Letman

Naya Samuel

BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn's cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for their community, BRIC ignites learning in people of all ages and centralizes diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC builds Brooklyn's creative future.