Published on August 25th, 2023 | by Jessica Williams0
The Annual BRIC Jazzfest is Taking Over Brooklyn This October
This year’s BRIC JazzFest, Brooklyn’s premier jazz festival, is excited to unveil its lineup of the highly anticipated 2023 season, slated for October 19 to October 21. With an exceptional array of musicians and performers, this year’s festival promises to once again captivate audiences with a diverse and vibrant showcase of jazz and beyond.
Hailing from Brooklyn, Melanie Charles, a distinguished artist, will assume the role of guest artist curator for this season’s BRIC JazzFest. Charles, whose artistry seamlessly traverses jazz, soul, and R&B, brings her unique vision and experience to the festival’s programming. Having collaborated with an impressive range of musicians including Wynton Marsalis, SZA, Mach-Hommy, Gorillaz, and The Roots, Charles’s creative prowess is sure to infuse the festival with an exciting and innovative energy. “Some of the most pivotal musicians are not only great technicians but are great connectors as well,” says Charles. “Mindful and intentional programming is integral to the experience of both the audience and performers, allowing the art to play its role in our society.”
“This one-of-a-kind opportunity to curate this year’s BRIC jazzFest has given me the privilege to shine light on both known and unknown artists and has proven to be fulfilling to me as a human. Connecting the community will continue to be a valued part of my creative arsenal.”
Maintaining its legacy of honoring the profound heritage and dynamic evolution of jazz, BRIC JazzFest stays true to tradition. The festival’s thoughtfully curated lineup boasts an array of world-class musicians, with headliners such as the captivating Georgia Anne Muldrow and the trailblazing Terrace Martin. These artists, known for their groundbreaking contributions to contemporary jazz, are set to deliver unforgettable performances that resonate with both longtime jazz enthusiasts and newcomers.
Joining the headliners are a host of extraordinary talents, including Isaiah Collier, whose masterful saxophone skills have garnered widespread acclaim; the mesmerizing Amina Claudine Myers Trio; a compelling collaboration between Melanie Charles and Orrin Evans; the genre-defying B. Cool-Aid; the innovative BIGYUKI; the enchanting Miki Yamanaka; and the virtuosic George Burton. This eclectic lineup promises an unforgettable journey through the diverse landscapes of jazz and its evolving influences.