Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium to Celebrate 12th Anniversary


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Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC), producers of the annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Wednesday, November 16th, at Sugar Hill Supper Club, 609 DeKalb Avenue near Nostrand Avenue in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Restaurant opens at 5:00 performance until 9:00 PM. The celebration features the music of Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora; award presentation to The Noel Pointer Foundation.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium founded in 1999 is a not for profit organization. An amalgam of patrons, entertainment venues, faith based institutions, community organizations, and musicians. CBJC is committed to preserving and promoting jazz; making the music accessible to all people. “Jazz is an American art form whose African American roots are overlooked by the majority of educational institutions in America," said Clarence Mosley, Jr., chairman of CBJC. “Our goal is to create a museum (compliment Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame (TM)) to archive and educate the public about Brooklyn's contributions to the jazz community."

Mr. Abdullah, educator, composer, and celebrated trumpeter leads many different ensembles. The one constant within all Ahmed's bands is the ability of his music to touch a chord in the soul of the listener. His group, Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora (Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra), mixes vocal styles and poetry into its presentation. Joining Ahmed's ensemble for Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium's anniversary celebration affair are: Dr. Salim Washington, tenor sax and flute; D D Jackson, piano; Radu, bass; Reggie Nicholson, drums; Miles Griffith, vocalist; Monique Ngozi Nri, poet/vocalist and Louis Reyes Rivera, poet. Homage to be paid to, 2000 Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Noel Pointer's string music organization, The Noel Pointer Foundation during the celebration. Chinita Pointer, Executive Director of NPF will accept an award.

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