Since 2007, Gentile, Kelly and Garcia have presented over two hundred concerts, master classes and workshops, propelling Connection Works to the forefront of the Brooklyn jazz scene. The resident ensemble of Connection Works, WORKS has initiated many adventurous projects. They have composed for and performed with a chamber orchestra, composed for string quartet, commissioned big band pieces featuring the trio (with the Joel Harrison Large Ensemble & the Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble), and collaborated with a long list of esteemed guests, including such jazz heavyweights as Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Joseph Jarman, Tony Malaby, John Hebert, Scott Colley, Mike Formanek, Loren Stillman, Dave Binney, Bill McHenry and many others. With the release of their debut album in June 2013, the trio documents the creative original music that has been captivating audiences for over six years.
Brooklyn Jazz Underground Ensemble, featuring David Smith, Tammy Scheffer, David Cook, Carlo DeRosa, Owen Howard, Rob Garcia The Brooklyn Jazz Underground (formed in 2005) has set a solid footprint on the New York jazz scene and the global jazz community. Through cooperative efforts, the BJU builds greater awareness of its members' music and groups as well as the greater Brooklyn jazz scene through festivals, concert series, radio shows, and CD samplers. The members also exist as an international touring ensemble having released their first album on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records in 2012.
'S La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn
All Events take place at The Brooklyn Conservatory 58 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217 Tickets are $10
WORKS: Michel Gentile, Rob Garcia & Daniel Kelly
Connection Works is an artist-run non-profit organization (501c3) that engages the Brooklyn community with world-class jazz performances and educational events. Our programs promote and facilitate new work by established and up-and-coming artists alike. We provide a forum that supports the astonishing number of brilliant artists in our borough. We at Connection Works believe in and encourage the practice of creativity as a means to nourish the mind, body, and spirit.
The downtown scene has established an outpost in Brooklyn . . . where local practitioners are presenting a music so diverse and eclectic it doesn't even fit under the general umbrella of avant-garde." - The Wall Street Journal
Celebrate music by being a part of the concert series that 'Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open' provides for the community at large!!! We need each other to carry on... Sounds & Feelings" Jazz legend Joe Lovano
Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open is not just another concert series. One of the elements that makes it special-for both the audience and the musicians-is that artists are invited to discuss their process and answer questions as they arise. This creates a natural, relaxed atmosphere in which the barriers between audience and performers are removed and true understanding and appreciation can take place." Eileen Willis, Metropolitan Museum of Art
This event is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC) as well as funding from The Cary New Music Performance Fund administered by New Music USA.
The Connection Works/Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open advisory board includes Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Woody Allen, Bill de Blasio, Dan Zanes, Joel Thome, and David Gonzalez