The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Nov. 16 at the Sugar Hill Supperclub (609 DeKalb Ave.). The celebration will feature the music of Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora, with an award presentation to the Noel Pointer Foundation. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. and the performance will run until 9 p.m.
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium founded the festival in 1999 in an effort to affirm its commitment to preserving and promoting jazz and making it accessible to all people.
As a trumpeter, composer and educator, Abdullah leads many creative ensembles. His group, Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora (Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra), mixes vocals and poetry that touch the roots of Africa and hits the soul.
Joining Abdullah's ensemble for the celebration will be Dr. Salim Washington, tenor saxophone and flute; D.D. Jackson, piano; Radu, bass; Reggie Nicholson, drums; Miles Griffith, vocalist; Monique Ngozi Nri, poet and vocalist; and Louis Reyes Rivera, poet.
Tribute will be paid to 2000 Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Noel Pointer's string music organization, the Noel Pointer Foundation. For more information, call (718) 467-1527 or visit brownpapertickets.com.
Chick Corea, a genius pianist who built his career on creative innovation, celebrates his 70th birthday with a monthlong series of concerts now through Nov. 27 at the Blue Note Jazz Club (131 W. 3rd St.).
Corea will be performing in 10 different musical configurations with 30 all-star musicians, including the Bobby McFerrin Duet (Nov. 8-10); Corea & Gary Burton with the Harlem String Quartet (Nov. 11-13); From Miles with Corea, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette, Wallace Roney and Gary Bartz (Nov. 15-17); Chick's Flamenco Heart with Corea, Nino Josele, Carles Benavent, Jorge Pardo, Jeff Ballard and vocalist Concha Buika (Nov. 18-20); the Corea & Herbie Hancock Duo (Nov. 23); and the Chick Corea Original Elektric Band with John Patitucci, Eric Marienthal, Dave Weekl and Frank Gamble (Nov. 25-27).
Corea is a 16-time Grammy Award-winner, NEA Jazz Master and the 2010 DownBeat Artist of the Year. In 2010, Corea toured with the Corea, McBride, Blade Trio; Gary Burton; and the Freedom Band with Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Roy Haynes.
He kicked off 2011 with a gala performance of his compositions with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He then assembled the supergroup Return to Forever IV for the biggest jazz tour of the year, a 70-date globe-spanning celebration, and released the CD, "Forever with Corea, Clarke & White."
Corea plays everything from straight-ahead, classical, fusion and children's songs to chamber music. This month at the Blue Note, catch what Corea does best: playing great music!
For ticket information, visit bluenote.net.
Today, the famed Harlem Cotton Club has lost most of its glitter and lives on nostalgia, but Nov. 18-22, the many who missed out on the club's heyday can experience the "Cotton Club Parade" at New York City Center in celebration of Duke Ellington's years at the famous nightclub, when the joint was swinging with revues featuring big bands, dancers, singers and novelty acts.