During Cosby's reign on the CBS Television Network, Brooks served as the drummer in the successful sitcom's show band. The official grand opening celebration week titled Cecil's Celebrates Jazz 2003" will feature a host of special guest artists. Brooks quietly opened Cecil's jazz club in late June and a loyal following of fans and jazz enthusiasts are helping to quickly establish the venue as one of the most prestigious addresses in northern New Jersey featuring internationally acclaimed jazz artists seven-nights-a-week. Ticket price is $100 including dinner.
Featured performers are: Saxophonist Don Braden and Cecil Brooks, III joined by a host of special guest artists. Mr. Braden served as musical director on The Cosby Show when it aired on the CBS Network. Cecil's is located at 364 Valley Road West Orange, New Jersey, just off Route 280 and Northfield Avenue, phone 973-736-4800. The club’s current entertainment schedule features a theme for each night of the week. The lineup includes:
Monday: Big Band Night Directed By Joe Elefante And His 17-Piece Orchestra; Tuesday: Jazz Jam Session Directed By Saxophonist Bruce Williams; Wednesday: Smooth Jazz & World Beat Music; Thursday: David Braham's Latin Jazz Alliance & Salsa Dancing; Friday / Saturday: Weekend Music Showcase; Sunday: Organ Trio W/ Adam Scone & Blues.