Brooklyn Jazz Hall Of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony, April 28, 2011


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Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) created the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame twelve years ago to recognize unheralded and renowned jazz musicians who call(ed) Brooklyn home. A museum component was created in 2009 to archive the rich jazz tradition of this borough for future generations. The induction and award ceremony for the hall of fame will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 6 to 8:00 pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights section of the borough. Musical selections by the Eric Frazier Trio. Invited guests from the cultural industries, government, business and faith based institutions will honor the BJHoFame class of 2011. For information call 718.467.1527 or write to info@cbjcjazz.org.

CBJC awards individuals in four different categories and inducts musicians into the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame and Museum (TM) annually during the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. The awardees for 2011 are: The Muse—Jazz Shrine Award, a venue noted for jazz education; Tut Burks—Deacon Leroy Applin “Young Lion/Lioness Award, outstanding musician under age of thirty; Louis Reyes Rivera—Jazz Impact Award, innovators who has made significant contribution to the community's appreciation of jazz; Alex Blake—Lifetime Achievement Award, living musician who will be inducted in hall of fame upon their transition and Wesley “Wally Gator" Watson—Hall of Fame Inductee, bestowed upon a musician who has made their transition.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium will launch its efforts to recruit supporters of jazz and the arts to become charter members of the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame and Museum at this year's awards ceremony. CBJC Vice-Chairman, Jitu K. Weusi says, “We have waited too long to recognize these cultural giants and must begin now to preserve this part of our history. We want you be a part of building this institution." Attendees will be invited to be the first to add their names to the roster of Premier Charter Members with a donation of $1000.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC founded in 1999, is an amalgam of patrons, entertainment venues, faith based institutions, community organizations and musicians. Over the past twelve (12) years CBJC has presented an annual spring festival, established a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame & Museum (TM), and produced yearly programs that feature local jazz talent. CBJC is a nonprofit corporation committed to preserving, promoting and supporting live music within the under served communities of Brooklyn.


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