Get jazzed for the Central Brooklyn festival

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The hills of Brooklyn will be alive with the sound of music — jazz music — throughout April.

The 10th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival returns this year with such syncopation luminaries as Dave Valentin, Melba Moore, Houston Person, and world-renowned drummer Roy Haynes (pictured).

“This year’s festival offering will be a knockout!” said the always understated festival chairman, Jitu Weusi.

Started in 1999 as a week-long event, the now-month-long festival honors Brooklyn’s key role in the development of a music form that is arguably America’s greatest contribution to human creativity.

The festival is spread across Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill, featuring nightly events in churches, restaurants, libraries and auditoria.

The music fest will also include lectures, poetry readings, and art shows, as well as an induction ceremony in the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, April 1-30. Tickets are free–$40, depending on the show. For info, call (718) 467-1527 or visit

Updated 5:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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