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BRIC Jazzfest announces its fall return, with Lizz Wright, Joel Ross, Angel Bat Dawid, and José James

Lizz Wright
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Lizz Wright performing in 2017.

The BRIC JazzFest made its return to live presentation last fall, selling out BRIC House in downtown Brooklyn with an eclectic lineup curated by Madison McFerrin. This morning, BRIC announced the festival's 2022 and eighth annual edition, which will take place Oct. 20-22, with tickets going on sale at 9 a.m. on Aug. 10.

This year, the guest curator is trumpeter Maurice Brown, working alongside BRIC producer Viviana Benitez and Winter Jazzfest founder and producer Brice Rosenbloom.

"We have put together some amazing configurations and music fueled by hip-hop and the next generation of artists that are pushing the boundaries," says Brown in a press statement. This year it has been our goal to create a cultural melting pot. Blending different sounds from around the world and bringing it’s all back to our home, Brooklyn."

The initial lineup features singer-songwriter Lizz Wright and vibraphonist Joel Ross, both appearing on Oct. 20; singer José James paying homage to Erykah Badu on Oct. 21; and multi-instrumentalist Angel Bat Dawid, also on Oct. 21. Brown will perform on Oct. 22, an evening that also boasts pianist Matthew Whitaker and tubaist Theon Cross.

For more info about the first wave of BRIC JazzFest artists, visit the official website.

A veteran jazz critic and award-winning author, Nate Chinen is editorial director at WBGO and a regular contributor to NPR Music.