BRIC JazzFest Announces Its Third Edition, Happening in Downtown Brooklyn This Fall

Jul 18, 2017

Maceo Parker, the Sun Ra Arkestra and the Terri Lyne Carrington Band are among the acts performing on the third annual BRIC JazzFest, in downtown Brooklyn this fall.

The festival will take place over a full week, Oct. 14-21. As in the previous two editions, its centerpiece event will be a jazz marathon, utilizing several performance spaces at BRIC House in downtown Brooklyn.

Parker, Carrington and the Arkestra, led by Marshall Allen, are among the artists scheduled to appear on the marathon. Also in the lineup are the bands Harriet Tubman, Troker, GoGo Penguin and Butcher Brown; pianist-composers Vijay Iyer and Samora Pinderhughes; trumpeters Theo Croker, with Escape Velocity, and Dave Douglas, with the Westerlies; saxophonists Matana Roberts and Braxton Cook; bassist Miles Mosley, with the West Coast Get Down; Mighty Pirates Troubadours, led by the trombonist Papo Vázquez; and the Indo-Pak Coalition, featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto saxophone, Rez Abbasi on guitar and Dan Weiss on drums.

The festival will also include a two-night jazz film series, featuring the recent documentary Chasing Trane and other titles. Separately, the choreographer Ronald K. Brown will teach a free EVIDENCE community dance class, for all ages. And Greg Tate, the prolific cultural critic, will moderate a free panel discussion on Jazz & Justice, featuring artists yet to be announced.

“This is not your traditional jazz festival,” Jack Walsh, BRIC’s Vice President of Performing Arts, said in a press statement. ”The BRIC JazzFest is curated using a broad, multidisciplinary, and inclusive approach that BRIC is known for and which connects this all-important musical genre to a range of audiences as diverse as Brooklyn—from curious newcomers to die-hard fans.” 

The BRIC JazzFest was conceived and programmed by Walsh, Lia Crockett and Brice Rosenbloom. For more information, visit