With the generational influence of Brooklyn native musicians Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston, the keeper of African music and culture, the borough will present its first installment of the BRIC JazzFest. It will be an annual October Brooklyn jazz festival.
The new fall jazz festival will take place at the recently renovated 40,000-square-foot BRIC House, which includes multiple spaces, in the downtown section of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood (647 Fulton St.) Oct. 11 to 16.
The weeklong festival will include two free concerts. Oct. 13, singer Jaime Woods will mix her Chicago gospel upbringing with her ongoing soulful experiences. Oct. 14, the all-tenor-saxophone ensemble Battle Trance will perform.
The festival kicks off with the Ron Carter Trio and the artist and poet Danny Simmons, who will introduce “The Brown Beatnik Tomes,” his collection of prose and paintings.
The festival concludes with two marathons featuring acts performing 18 overlapping sets. The Oct. 15 marathon opens with the tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who follows John Coltrane and Albert Ayler’s stream of free jazz (currently he is getting tons of accolades for his current album, “The Epic”); the keyboardist Chris Bowers; and the young harpist Brandee Younger.
Oct. 16, the second marathon night features the organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and Evolution; the New Orleans multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton and Trio; the hard-swinging organ trio of James Carter, the blazing saxophonist; Marcus Strickland’s Twi Life; and the drummer Alison Miller leading Boom Tic Boom. DJ sets will feature WBGO’s Lezlie Harrison.
The BRIC JazzFest will bring an excitement to Brooklyn just like the legendary two-night marathon concerts at the Club La Marchal that recorded “The Night of the Cookers” (Blue Note), featuring the ensemble of Freddie Hubbard, Larry Ridley, Lee Morgan, Harold Mabern Jr., Big Black, James Spaulding and Pete La Roca.
Performances will take place throughout BRIC House—from the Artists Studio to the state-of-the-art Ballroom. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $30. For a complete schedule and to RSVP for free events, visit bricartsmedia.org.
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola swings, but drummer and bandleader Bryan Carter and his ensemble burned the roof off last week as they performed the music of the iconic Ray Charles.
The rising drummer has performed on various occasions at Dizzy’s, but this performance was his first appearance as a leader. For this debut he introduced his own arrangements of Charles’ early years with Atlantic Records. Carter’s drums sparked and his vocals flowed with the blues on the tune “Lonely Avenue.” On “The Mess Around,” his vocals claimed the rhythmic flow of R&B soul.
His special guest, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, took to his vocal page on “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” on the bridge his trombone roaring with nothing but funk. The band, which included trumpeter Marquis Hill, saxophonist Lucas Pino, pianist Chris Pattishall and bassist Russell Hall stayed loose throughout the set.
The young ensemble did not have many days of practice but stayed in the pocket. Carter showed he has the chops to play on. There was more funk and blues than jazz, but everybody wants to move and groove.
Recently, pianist-composer Danny Mixon was presented with the Hot House NYC Fans Decision 2015 Jazz Award. The presentation took place at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Room.
“This award lets me know I have many fans that appreciate my artistry,” said Mixon. “The body of work that I have produced over the years is being recognized and that is an honor.”
He will be perforing in Silver Springs, Md., Oct. 5 at Vincino’s. He will perform standards as well as tunes from his latest album, “Pass It On” (Mixon Music). He credits radio personality Carol Tyson, daughter of the late legendary bassist Earl May, for giving his current album airplay in the Washington, D.C., area.
Mixon feels that he is moving in the right direction to pass on the music and open some other doors. He has been the accompaniment to Betty Carter, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Frank Foster, Grant Green, Pharoah Sanders, Joe Williams and Dee Dee Bridgewater.