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Wednesday, Apr 2, 2008 • 9th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival from March 29 - May 2, 2008 • Not a SDLI Event

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Wed, April 2nd
9th Annual Gala – Ray Abrams Big Band & Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame Awards – Doors open 5:30 p – show time 7 pm and 8:15 pm - $25

Sugarhill Restaurant & Supper Club
615 DeKalb & Nostrand Ave


Brooklyn, New York, February 21, 2008 - The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC presents its 9th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival from March 29 - May 2, 2008 with concerts and events in Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Midwood, Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant sections of Brooklyn.

Festival calendar of events is available on the Internet, http://www.cbjcjazz.org, or by phone, 718.569.1896.
Contact our exclusive travel partner Evette Dorham, CTC at Travel Counsellors 800.807.9142, cell 404.634. 6662 or email .

This year’s festival theme is, BROOKLYN - In the JAZZ Tradition. “Tradition makes reference to our ancestors and the cultural legacy they left behind. Hubie Blake (in the 1920’s), Billie Holiday and Bettye Roache (in the late 1930’s), Max Roach, Cecil Payne, Chief Bey, Willie Jones, Kenny Dorham and C. Scoby Stroman (in the late 1940’s and beyond) paved a path for the jazz legacy of Brooklyn, New York.  Today in 2008, we must research and study the Jazz legacy of Brooklyn and use it to mold and shape the future of our lives - ‘Music is the healing force of the universe’ (Albert Ayles),” said Jitu Weusi, Chairman of Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium.

BROOKLYN - In the JAZZ Tradition is a cultural celebration which also brings together our borough’s creative communities (literature, film, photography and education) with Jazz. Programs and performances will be held at Weeksville Historical Society, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch, Medgar Evers College, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Historical Society, Concord Baptist Church of Christ as well as Brooklyn’s popular entertainment venues: Sista’s Place, Solomon’s Porch, BAMcafe Live, Jazz Spot, Williamsburg Music Center, Sugar Hill Restaurant & Supper Club and Jazz 966 just to name some. 

9th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival highlights this year include an award presentation to legendary
jazz stylist Nancy Wilson . . Olu Dara’s, “Stranded in Brooklyn,” free concert . . . swing dance party with The Ray Abrams Big Band, featuring vocalist Donna Cumberbatch, . . . famed jazz photographer Chuck Stewart displays his works at Afroarts Design gallery . . . film screening of “The Music Inn” with Randy Weston . . . Alma Carroll and Emme Kemp in Jazz! The Women’s Viewpoint . . . Jazz great Houston Person . . . Ray Anderson & The Versatiles featuring Jann Parker at Janes United Methodist Church . . . history of Brooklyn Jazz lecture/jam session with The New Cookers . . . Latin Jazz with Arturo O’Farrill featuring Steve Turre . . . special tribute to the life of Brooklyn’s native son Max Roach.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, founded in 1999, is an amalgam of jazz musicians, entertainment venues, patrons of the music, community and faith based organizations. Over the past eight (8) years, they have presented an annual spring festival, established a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame, and produced yearly programs of events and activities that feature local jazz musical talents. CBJC is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving, promoting and supporting jazz music, musicians and programs.


Bob Myers, Communications Director

Band: Ray Abrams Big Swing Band


This highly professional swing band, which actually started in the 50’s, under the vision of Hank Dougherty, was acquired by Brooklyn’s famous jazz saxophonist and prolific arranger, Ray Abrams. Ray passed on in 1997, but the band continues to entertain lovers of swing and classic-jazz. The 17 members of the band consistently recreate the unforgettable hard swinging, finger-snapping, toe-tapping sounds of the greatest swing-bands of the 40’s and 50’s. Our musical arrangements feature many of the band’s exceptional soloist, as well as swinging vocals and a fine selection of love ballads, uniquely sung by our featured vocalist, Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch.


The band’s library of musical arrangements, is lengthy and well rounded, ranging from the still modern sounding charts created by founder, Ray Abrams, to the swinging big-band charts from the minds of arrangers like Sam Nestico, Quincy Jones, Sy Oliver, Neal Hefti, and so many others. This valued musical library supports the bands ability to create a well-rounded program of classic-jazz as played by the bands of Basie, Ellington, Hawkins, Foster, Hampton, etc.

The band’s unique ability to perform to the spirit of the music and to swing at the drop of a hat, is consistently nourished by the very dedicated skills of the band’s leader, Ervin Simpson, who has led the band since 1998. No doubt, this ability to swing the most beloved songs from The Classic American Jazz Songbook, explains why the band continues to maintain a growing presence on LI and in the tri-state area.

Band Contact:
Don Echoles Conway at 917-674-4647 or

Organizer: This is not a Swing Dance Long Island Event (Not a SDLI Event)

The listed event is NOT sponsored by Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. This event was thought to be of interest to our SDLI’s members. Before traveling, always verify the event information directly with the organizer’s website, since things change and events do get canceled.

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