THE BROOKLYN JAZZ UNDERGROUND ANNOUNCES: THE 4th ANNUAL BJU FESTIVAL @ THE CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ – MARCH 5, 6 & 7

The Cornelia Street Café is located at 29 Cornelia Street, NYC,
Tel 212 989 9319, http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com

THE BROOKLYN JAZZ UNDERGROUND SAMPLER, VOL. 4
Available NOW at http://brooklynjazz.bandcamp.com
The BJU Sampler Vol. 4 is available as a DOWNLOAD ONLY at http://brooklynjazz.bandcamp.com/yum
Please contact Red Cat Publicity for a download code

THE 4th ANNUAL BJU FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Friday, March 5

9 PM: Dave Smith Quartet w/ Nate Radley (guitar), Jon Gordon (saxophone), Gary Wang (bass), Jordan Perlson (drums)

10:30 PM: Alexis Cuadrado – Quinteto Ibérico w/Jeremy Udden (saxophones), Brad Shepik (guitar), Dan Tepfer (piano), Richie Barshay (drums & percussion)

Saturday, March 6

8:30 PM: Adam Kolker Trio w/ Ugonna Ukegwo (bass), Billy Mintz (drums)

9:45 PM: Sunny Jain w/Donny McCaslin (saxophones), Marc Cary (piano), Gary Wang (bass)

11 PM: Rob Garcia

Sunday, March 7

8:30 PM:Alan Ferber Group

Performing music from his new Sunnyside Records CD, due out in April 2010

10 PM: Dan Pratt Organ Quartet

w/ Jared Gold (organ), Alan Ferber (trombone), Quincy Davis (drums)

Performing music from their new Posi-Tone Records CD, Toe The Line, due out in March 2010

Mission Statement: The Brooklyn Jazz Underground is an association of independent artists with a shared commitment to creativity and community. Through cooperative efforts, the BJU aims to build a greater awareness of original music emerging from Brooklyn, NY.

January, 2007 saw the birth of The Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a new collective conceived in the spirit of an entrepreneurial, do-it-yourself shift in the music industry, and the fast emergence of myriad independent artists and record labels, spawning a creative boom which counts Brooklyn as one of its bastions of innovation and artistry. The Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a vibrant, thriving, creative group, aimed at creating a widespread awareness of creative music made in Brooklyn, is proud to announce The 4th Annual Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival, to take place at The Cornelia Street Café over three nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 5th, 6th and 7th. The Festival will feature new BJU members, trumpeter David Smith, drummer Rob Garcia and saxophonist Adam Kolker, in addition to original members, Alexis Cuadrado, Alan Ferber, Dan Pratt and Sunny Jain, leading their ensembles in performances of original music, much of it comprised of new works. The BJU’s fourth annual compilation CD is also available now as a digital download only at http://brooklynjazz.bandcamp.com – press/media, please contact Red Cat Publicity for a download code.

A New Residency From the BJU & Connection Works: Starting on the first Thursday after the Festival, March 11, the BJU, in collaboration with Connection Works (http://www.connectionworks.org), will be curating a residency at Korzo, a new spot for jazz and improvised music in Brooklyn (667 5th Avenue, http://www.eurotrip.brooklyn.com). In the interest of developing and presenting original works and new ensembles, every BJU & Connection Works member will curate the Thursday night shows for a month at a time. Sets at 9:30 and 11 PM every Thursday.

Since the Spring of 2008 BJURecords has been actively expanding its catalog with recordings from a diverse group of Brooklyn-based artists who, in their own brilliantly unique way, are defining the Brooklyn/NYC jazz scene. The full catalog, and additional information is available at http://www.BJURecords.com. Releases in 2010 will include new recordings from trombonist Mike Fahie (feat. Bill McHenry, Ben Monder, Ben Street, Billy Hart), trumpeter David Smith, drummers Sunny Jain and Owen Howard, and bassist Alexis Cuadrado.

The Brooklyn Jazz Underground is: Alexis Cuadrado, Alan Ferber, Rob Garcia, Anne Mette Iversen, Sunny Jain, Adam Kolker, Dan Pratt & David Smith

The Critics Sound off on The BJU:

“Consider this the opening shot in the latest revolution to hit New York’s improv scene.” – Time Out New York

“These days integrity counts for a lot. That’s what keeps jazz relevant in a fragmented music industry. Musicians like Cuadrado and The Brooklyn Jazz Underground understand that it takes more than talent.” – NPR.org/music

” . . . these renegade BJU bands are comprised of intelligent composers, open-minded arrangers and free-spirited improvisers. They all deserve to be heard.”- JazzTimes

“Think of it as a mix-tape, a calling card from artists who operate in a small world but like to think big.”

– JazzTimes (on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Compilation, Vol. 1)

“The Brooklyn Jazz Underground is a coalition of artists united by aesthetics as well as geography.”

– The New York Times

“The Brooklyn Jazz Underground had its launch last week at Small’s in Manhattan, but the spirit of the organization is firmly rooted in Brooklyn. All of the members reside there, and they wanted to give a nod to the vitality of its scene.”

– The Wall Street Journal

” . . . in the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, jazz has ten different definitions.” – All About Jazz.com

“Brooklyn jazz is happening and those who venture across the bridge will be delighted by the hard-edged ethnically-flavored jazz that they find on the other side.” – All About Jazz New York

” . . . absolutely electrifying” – The Rochester City Paper (on Anne Mette Iversen’s Best of the West/Many Places)

“10 New York-based artists have formed the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a collective of 10 bandleaders who are pooling their resources to forge increased awareness of their individual projects.” – Billboard/Reuters

“There’s power in numbers, and a bunch of local musicians have united to share their ideas and enhance their visibility” ” . . . the breadth (and singularity) of these up-and-comers will be obvious” – The Village Voice

” . . . CDs that make you sit up and listen . . .” – The Hartford Courant

“Brooklyn’s best jazz artists are benefiting from an exciting new fusion of business and music.” “Ten of the borough’s top talents have joined forces . . .” – 24/7

PRESS ENQUIRIES:
Contact Jason Paul Harman Byrne
at Red Cat Publicity
Email Redcatpublicity@mac.com
Tel 347 578 7601

Check out http://www.brooklynjazz.org for bios, mp3s, podcasts, blogs, photos and much more

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