BROOKLYN, NY, June 28, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat, a unique partnership between Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM featuring an eclectic mix of free and low-cost jazz performances at six of Brooklyn's favorite cultural institutions, concludes this Thursday, June 28, at 7:00 pm with the Jeremy Pelt Quintet as part of the BrooklyNites Jazz series at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway.
WBGO's Rob Crocker is emcee for the BrooklyNites Jazz series. The concert is free to members of the radio station and the museum; suggested admission for non-members is $12 adults, $8 students and senior citizens. Concert attendees are invited to enjoy the exhibitions and collections throughout the museum, which closes at 10:00 pm.
The Jeremy Pelt Quintet (www.jeremypelt.net) features Pelt on trumpet, David Bryant on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass, JD Allen on saxophones and Jonathan Barber on drums. Pelt arrived in New York in 1998 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Once he got here, it wasn't long before he was noticed by some of top musicians in the city. His first professional Jazz gig was playing with the Mingus Big Band. That gig led to many long-lasting associations and a great opportunity for growth. Since his arrival, he has performed with many of today's and yesterday's Jazz luminaries, including Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Charli Persip, Keter Betts, Frank Foster, John Hicks, Ravi Coltrane, Winard Harper, Vincent Herring, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Cliff Barbaro, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Short, Bobby "Blue" Bland, The Skatalites, Cedar Walton, and many more.
Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat, a month-long celebration throughout June, gives music fans of all ages a chance to enjoy world-class jazz music at some of the borough's favorite cultural destinations. Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO, in collaboration with Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Zoo, have been working together since 2007 to bring jazz musicians, singers and artists from around the globe to Brooklyn. The series showcases the borough's diversity and the musical form of jazz through concerts, dances, lessons and more.
In 2012, audiences also were treated to a wide range of entertainment from Samba with the Sea Lions at Prospect Park Zoo, where sea lions BeeBe and Stella "danced" along as Samba New York! taught the crowd Brazil's most famous dance; a free Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue under Prospect Park's Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza; the Chuck Braman Quartet featuring vibraphonist Behn Gillece at BBG's free Amble celebration; a Father's Day weekend performance by renowned harpist Brandee Younger at The Brooklyn Children Museum; and bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux playing Brooklyn Public Library's outdoor plaza.
For more information, please visit http://www.heartofbrooklyn.org/jazz or http://www.wbgo.org/brooklyn, or follow @heartofbrooklyn and @wbgo on Twitter (hashtag: #JazzBklynsBeat).
Support for Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat provided by TD Bank, Berkeley College and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Founded in 1979, Newark Public Radio, Inc. is a publicly supported cultural institution that champions jazz at WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark, New Jersey and worldwide via wbgo.org. WBGO is the recognized world leader in jazz radio and one of the most respected jazz presenters in the country, and offers award-winning news and innovative children's programs. Beyond reaching 400,000 weekly listeners (including 17,000 contributing members) on air, online and via mobile devices, WBGO presents live broadcasts from prestigious jazz venues and produces acclaimed programs for NPR heard by millions. WBGO is Jazz Week magazine's 2010 Major Market Station of the Year.
Heart of Brooklyn (HOB) is a partnership of the leading cultural institutions located near Grand Army Plaza in central Brooklyn. Founded in 2001 by Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance, and Prospect Park Zoo, this partnership is dedicated to promoting its unique cultural campus as a "must-see" destination to a diverse audience in Brooklyn and beyond. Heart of Brooklyn encourages tourism and learning by making its world-class collections and historic treasures more visible and accessible. As an integral part of Brooklyn's renaissance, Heart of Brooklyn is committed to strengthening the future of its neighborhoods. Learn more at heartofbrooklyn.org.---
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