Join BRIC on October 19, 20, and 21 for our ninth annual BRIC JazzFest! This acclaimed marathon Jazz festival, which is one of BRIC's premiere performing arts programs, will take place across three days and two stages.
The 2023 BRIC JazzFest lineup brings together legends and rising stars from both inside and outside the jazz genre. This year, we're blending the worlds of jazz and Hip-Hop and celebrating some of our favorite genre-crossing artists. Plus, we’re bringing you an extra special panel discussion and film series.
This year’s carefully crafted lineup is curated by artist Melanie Charles along with Brice Rosenbloom and BRIC Producer Viviana Benitez.
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SATURDAY | OCTOBER 21
Amina Claudine Myers Trio
The Amina Claudine Myers Trio features Amina Claudine Myers composer, pianist, organist, vocalist; Jerome Harris, electric bass, guitar, voice; AACM member Reggie Nicholson, percussion. The Trio was created around 1981 in New York City. The musical path of Amina Claudine Myers span from blues, gospel and country music to Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Avantgarde. Coming from the rural area in Arkansas, Amina gained experience in piano playing, organ playing, vocal music as well as composing, arranging and leading. All musical styles are reflected in her compositions and the trio (with bass guitar and drums) are the backbone of her performances. Jerome Harris and Reggie Nicholson form the trio and blend their experience and creative excellence for a dynamic and warm sound.
Rapper Pink Siifu and producer Ahwlee, who’ve recorded together as B. Cool-Aid since 2017, specialize in suave, crackly music that exists somewhere in between Butcher Brown’s live-band jazz and A Tribe Called Quest–style boom-bap. Kicking off their upcoming album Leather Blvd., their latest single is about keeping faith: “Everything’s gonna turn around someday/Everything gonna make sense, let’s pray,” Siifu croons over a crisp drum pattern and bass. Halfway through, the beat stutters and wears down. The ghostly coos of Liv.e, Jimetta Rose, and V.C.R. waft behind a mellow, flatly-delivered verse from Maurice II, who is done listening to naysayers: “Somebody full of fear, somebody ain’t/Minding they business, wanna talk about how I move.” None of them know where the world is headed, but they’re interested in holding onto what they have—their families, their resolve—and continuing to groove.
Miki Yamanaka Origami Project
Japanese-born pianist Miki Yamanaka has called New York City home since 2012 and in the past decade has wasted no time establishing herself as one of the leading personalities of her generation on the piano and beyond. Critics laud her “light, expressive touch and solidly crafted, mainstream approach” - Mike Jurkovic (All About Jazz), while audiences delight in not only her playing, but her vibrant personality as well. Yamanaka has gained international recognition from her albums as a leader; her most recent and most intimate release, “Stairway to the Stars” (Outside In Music), features Jazz masters Mark Turner and Orlando le Fleming. Additionally, Miki has emerged as a leader of the “New York Scene” via her notable residencies at mainstay West Village sister clubs Smalls and Mezzrow.
Sarah Elizabeth Charles
Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a vocalist/composer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked and studied with artists such as Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah, George Cables, Geri Allen and Sheila Jordan and has released three critically acclaimed albums with her band, SCOPE between 2012 and today. As the active vocalist in a number of bands (including SCOPE, Ajoyo, duo with Jarrett Cherner, Jesse Fischer and Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah). Charles has performed at many venues throughout her career. These have included The White House, Carnegie Hall, the first annual Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi, The Kennedy Center, the Rose Theatre with Jazz at Lincoln Center and many more. She has also had a commissioned composition performed at The National Gallery in Washington D.C. via The Canales Project "Hear Her Song" initiative.
Trill Mega Jam Featuring The Jungle And Guests
On October 21st, All Roads lead to the Trill Mega Jam where New York City's most notable jams and sessions of the past decade come together for one night to celebrate the scene's most brilliant musicians MC’s and vocalists to close out the 9th annual Bric Jazz Fest. Brooklyn's own THE JUNGLE PARTY will be our “modern Juke joint” for the night with resident DJ PUDGE and resident vocalist/ pianist Zacchaeus Paul culminating to a massive jam session featuring a rhythm section of Parker Mccalister bass/MD, Chad Selph keys and Jaylen Petinaud (herbie Hancock) on Drums with guest appearances from J Hoard of The Lesson, Ray Angry of Producer Mondays, Nate Jones of Taste the stage, STOUT, Casey Benjamin, Maurice Brown of The Free Nationals, Xiomara and Axel Laugart of the Cuban jam and a rap cypher.
The Jungle is a collaboration of DJ, musicians, and artists to bring you a stimulating sonic experience of art and inspiration across the African Diaspora. The Jungle is a taste of global sounds, flavors, and feelings of the beautiful and expansive African Diaspora. Latin, Jazz, Afrobeat, Amapiano, Percussion, Brazilian, Caribbean, House, Soul and more. The Jungle will close out BRIC JazzFest and lead the Trill Mega Jam. Welcome to The Jungle
Nite Bjuti feat. Candice Hoyes, Val Jeanty and Mimi Jones
Nite Bjuti [pronounced Night Beauty] is a trio of Black women artists who weave multiple strands of storytelling using voice, bass, electro percussion, turntables, Haitian drums, dance and visual projections to rediscover the buried Diasporic beauty in the world, transcendent across generations. The name draws from a centuries old Haitian folklore called "Night Beauty,” about a girl whose bones begin to sing in her afterlife, her spirit seeking justice. On this eponymous album, singer/songwriter Candice Hoyes, bassist Mimi Jones, and GRAMMY® Award-winning soundchemist Val Jeanty publicly animate narratives centering Black women across time ranging in subject matter from vodoun, sisterhood, sexual expression, reproductive freedom, magic, and the politics of respectability with archival resources ranging from the letters of Zora Neale Hurston, to the iconic Kitchen Table Series by Carrie Mae Weems. Nite Bjuti, released July 28, 2023 via Whirlwind Recordings, taps into the transcendent communicative powers shared among the trio to delve into their individual journeys and the spiritual intimacies of Black life.
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.
Beginning Nov. 1, 2022, attendees of any BRIC House programming will no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email Safety@bricartsmedia.org
BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. BRIC's main entrance, located on Rockwell Street, is fully accessible. In addition the main floor of BRIC House has 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 Benno Orlinsky at email@example.com or (718) 683-5637.