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Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium To Honor Reggie Workman, Kenny Dorham and Deacon Leroy Applin At Brooklyn Church

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Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) To Honor Reggie Workman, Kenny Dorham and Deacon Leroy Applin At Brooklyn Church February 12, 2005

For the sixth consecutive year the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) continues its effort to bring the music known as Jazz back to the African American community. Given that history, it is fitting that the legendary House of the Lord Church will host a tribute to Kenny Dorham, Reggie Workman, and Deacon Leroy Applin on Saturday afternoon, February 12, 2005, beginning at 3pm. The labors of the two distinguished composers/bandleaders and the Deacon have impacted greatly on the music in Brooklyn.

Organized by the CBJC, the February 12th tribute will feature Trio 3 (with Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille and honoree Reggie Workman), Evette Dorham, Kennys daughter, with a personal tribute, a youth choir from PS 329 led by Cyril Greene, and the soul stirring Anointed Voices of the House of the Lord Church.

Chaired by activist educator Jitu Weusi, the CBJC was formed in 1999 as a cooperative of community institutions and local venues working together. The tribute to these honorees comes at a significant moment as an historic renaissance of community activism has once again begun to associate with the music for the first time since the 70s. This annual program is part of CBJCs ongoing efforts to honor those musicians who have contributed so much to the continual development of the music.

This year also marks the first organized effort emanating from Brooklyn venues to further identify the particular subset of Jazz as the Music of the Spirit.

Consistent with this and other events in the works throughout this sixth season, CBJC, in keeping with its mission, will ask the community to join in support of the principles outlined in a recently issued position paper: “Jazz: The Music of the Spirit," by trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah and poet Louis Reyes Rivera. One of the tenets of the paper states: “We define Jazz: The Music of the Spirit as an art form that defies time, genre and culture, even while it is, in fact, identifiably of a specific time frame (20-21st Century), genre (Jazz), and culture (African American)."

With its inception, the CBJC established in tandem a Jazz Hall of Fame into which this year's honorees have been inducted. Past inductees include Chief Bey, Eubie Blake, Joe Carroll, Betty Carter, Ernie Henry, Lena Horne, Cal Massey, Carmen McRae, Noel Pointer, Max Roach, Clifton Smalls, C. Scoby Stroman, and Randy Weston.

“Both Reggie Workman and Kenny Dorham have, without doubt, significantly carved their own niches into the annals of the music, and they have done so in Brooklyn," says Chairperson Weusi. “These two gentlemen have served as quintessential influences. Its great to see them so honored."

Jo Ann Cheatham of Pure Jazz magazine, CBJC's literary arm, says of Deacon Leroy Applin, “He was a Jazz aficionado; the embodiment of a Jazzman. He was a Jazz historian, a presenter of the music, a fan, a supporter and a fantastic swing dancer. He was one of the last in a dwindling line of people who you could go to get the real deal regarding Brooklyn Jazz."

As a natural lead-in for CBJC's annual Jazz Festivals, these tributes, annually held in Brooklyn churches, have garnered international attention. Last year's celebration of the life of Chief Bey and Eubie Blake at The Concord Baptist Church of Christ was picked up by one of the most prestigious venues in Europe and will be performed at Teatro Manzoni in Milan, on January 30, 2005. That event will include performances by groups led by baritone saxophonist Bluiett, dancer Mickey Davidson, and percussionist Kimati Dinizulu, along with Blue Coda, an excellent group of young musicians that has been working in Brooklyn.

The House of the Lord Church is located at 415 Atlantic Avenue between Nevins and Bond with Reverend Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Pastor, presiding. For more information call (718)-237-1246, (718) 875-1016 or (718) 434-4438 or email at Ahmedian@aol.com. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Kenny Dorham Trumpeter/bandleader/composer Kenny Dorham is one of the great trumpet voices of all time. He came to popularity during the 1940s and 1950s at the height of the BeBop era when he replaced Miles Davis in the Charlie Parker Quintet and later replaced Clifford Brown (after his death) in the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet. He worked in Billy Eckstine's historic Big Band as well as in those of Dizzy Gillespie, Mercer Ellington and Lionel Hampton.

Born in Fairfield, Texas on August 30, 1924, Kenny lived in Brooklyn for some time, partnering with alto saxophonist Ernie Henry to create an innovative band that yielded at least one recording, 2 Horns 2 Rhythms. He is also known for having worked with the first version of Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers and for introducing the world to Joe Henderson. Flirting with the avant garde in Jazz, he recorded with John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor, as well as with Andrew Hill and Eric Dolphy. Among his best known recordings are Trompeta Toccata, Una Mas and Whistle Stop. His compositions, Blue Bossa and Prince Albert, have become part of standard Jazz repertoire. He left the planet on December 5, 1972 .

Reggie Workman Bassist/composer/organizer/educator Reggie Workman has been instrumental on so many fronts as far as Jazz in Brooklyn is concerned. He was an administrator at the Brooklyn Muse for several years, working with a staff that included people like Roland Alexander, Bill Barron and Andrei Strobert. He was among the organizers of the Collective Black Artists, one of the organizations in the 1970s that sought to empower musicians and that had a very strong relationship with The East in Brooklyn.

“I have been fortunate," notes Workman, who grew up in Philadelphia and now lives in New Jersey, “to have collaborated with such great artists as Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Yusef Lateef, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Wayne Shorter, Nina Simone, Alice Coltrane, Abbey Lincoln, Sonny Stitt, and -- very importantly -- with John Coltrane and the other members of his pioneering 1960's jazz group. I have truly enjoyed a fruitful experience in the world of music."

The group, Trio 3, Mr. Workman's collaboration with saxophone great Oliver Lake and the amazing Andrew Cyrille, demonstrates that Reggie is still very much on the cutting edge of the music.

Deacon Leroy Applin Born in Brooklyn, on September 27, 1929, Leroy Charles Applin had a life long interest in music. He was one of the inspirations for the establishment of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium; however, he left the planet on November 25, 2000, before he could really see the benefit of his influence. His relationship with musicians C. Scoby Stroman and Randy Weston led to his being an inspiration and founding person of SoFocUs (A Society of Folks Called Us), another Brooklyn organization dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of African Culture.

Leroy Applin was a determined activist who lent his services to numerous community endeavors. After joining the House of the Lord Church in 1984, he commenced to be active in many of the varied organized endeavors within that institution. In Deacon Applins name, the CBJC has created an award for young musicians to further encourage the continued development of the music.

A Melchizedek Music Production

This event is sponsored in part by: the Honorable Councilman Albert Vann; the Honorable Assemblywoman Annette Robinson; the Honorable Assemblyman Roger Green; Yamaha Corporation of America; Sugarhill Restaurant Supper Club, Brooklyn, NY; BAM Local Development Corporation; Melchizedek Music Productions; Restoration Center for Art and Culture; BCAT; Brooklyn Borough Hall; Music Performance Trust Fund; WBLS; Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center; New York Daily News; Brooklyn Department of Parks; Ulysess Kilgore; JP Morgan Chase; The Concord Baptist Church of Christ; Stanley Banks; Shamal Books and the members of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium.





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