• Jazz: Brooklyn’s Beat with WBGO in the Heart of Brooklyn

    May 21, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    This June, Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO 88.3 FM will bring an eclectic mix of free and low-cost jazz performances to six of Brooklyn’s favorite cultural institutions with the annual series Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat. From samba dancing with the Prospect Park Zoo’s sea lions to boogying under the arch at Grand Army Plaza, this month-long celebration gives Brooklynites of all ages a chance to enjoy world-class jazz music at some of the borough’s favorite cultural destinations.

    Jazz: Brooklyn’s Beat is a unique collaboration between Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO in partnership with six cultural institutions — Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Zoo — working together since 2007 to bring jazz musicians, singers and artists from around the globe to Brooklyn. The series showcases the borough’s diversity and the musical form of jazz through concerts, dances, lessons and more.

    In 2012, audiences will be treated to diverse events including: Samba with the Sea Lions at Prospect Park Zoo, where sea lions BeeBe and Stella will “dance” along as Samba New York! teaches the crowd Brazil’s most famous dance; a free Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue under Prospect Park’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza; the Chuck Braman Quartet featuring vibraphonist Behn Gillece at BBG's free Amble celebration; a Father's Day weekend performance by renowned jazz harpist Brandee Younger at The Brooklyn Children Museum; jazz bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux playing Brooklyn Public Library’s outdoor plaza; and a concert by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and his Quintet  as part of Brooklyn Museum’s BrooklyNites series.

    Dates, Times and Fees:

    Saturday, June 2 – 12:00 & 2:30pm

    The Chuck Braman Quartet featuring Behn Gillece at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (part of Amble: BBG’s June Jubilee)


    Saturday, June 9 – 12:00pm

    Samba with the Sea Lions, Prospect Park Zoo

    Free with Admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors 65+, $5 for children ages 3–12)

    Saturday, June 16 – 1:30pm

    Brandee Younger, Brooklyn Children’s Museum

    Free with Admission ($7.50)

    Wednesday, June 20 – 7:00pm (swing dance lessons at 6:30pm)

    Katie Thiroux at Brooklyn Public Library’s Plaza


    Saturday, June 23 – 4:00-7:00pm

    Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue Dance Party at Prospect Park’s Grand Army Plaza


    Thursday, June 28 – 7:00pm

    Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Brooklyn Museum as part of the BrooklyNites series

    Free with Admission ($12 adults, $8 students and senior citizens, suggested)

    All Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat events are free with admission and free to venue members and WBGO members.

    For more information, visit www.heartofbrooklyn.org/jazz or www.wbgo.org/brooklyn, or follow @heartofbrooklyn and @wbgo on Twitter (hashtag: #JazzBklynsBeat).

    Support for Jazz: Brooklyn’s Beat provided by TD Bank, Berkeley College and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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