Summer jazz jam, the Moldy Fig, Jazz Gallery, Parlor

8/17/2011, 3:25 p.m.

During these drastic economic times, Brown felt so strongly about Moldy Fig that he used his own money. "I don't regret using my money because I love jazz and feel this club is only an extension to the music," says Brown. "We have a lot of young jazz musicians from the neighborhood who are performing and hangout at the jam sessions. We are looking forward to musicians throughout the city to perform, jam or just hangout and enjoy."

Brown is currently working on a new menu. "We will be serving good, delicious, light food, nothing heavy."

Brown, a former U.S. Marine, explained the club has two floors, and downstairs is just as large as the main room. "Now, my main concern is getting this floor in perfect shape before working on plans for downstairs."

One of Brown's current concerns is soundproofing the ceiling. New York City has given him a September deadline to remedy the situation. Fortunately, he has completed part of the task, but there is more work to be done. On Aug. 27 at 8 p.m., there will be a special soundproofing fundraiser at Moldy Fig. For more information, call (646) 559-2553 or visit

Moldy Fig is the new jazz club on the block with its fresh interior. With all the young and established jazz musicians flocking here, it may just be the new percolator that boils over into extended jazz dimensions.

The Jazz Gallery reached its goal to raise $20,000 for their campaign "The Woodshed at the Jazz Gallery." The success of this project means that starting January 2012, the Jazz Gallery will offer free rehearsal space to jazz musicians.

Parlor Entertainment presents its 19th annual "Jazz-at-the Mansion" on Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. at Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, between St. Nicholas and Edgecombe avenues and 160th and 162nd streets.

Admission is free. Musicians include saxophonists David Lee Jones, Gerald Hayes, Sedric Choukroun, bassist Bob Cunningham, drums Clay Herndon and pianist Rudel Drears. Poets Dfaye Anderson, Arthur French and Roger Parris will also perform. The musical director is Marjorie Eliot.

An exciting free event not to be missed as the summer quickly comes to a close.