Outdoor lunchtime jazz concerts return to Brooklyn Borough Hall in August

In partnership with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Jazz Foundation of America, Borough President Antonio Reynoso Brings Back Popular Free Series

BROOKLYN, NY (July 21, 2022) Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso announced the return of the popular free lunchtime outdoor jazz concerts to Columbus Park in downtown Brooklyn today. In partnership with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Jazz Foundation of America, and supported by EmblemHealth, local jazz artists will perform every Tuesday in August between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Performers will include Eric Wyatt (August 2n/a), Steve Cromity (August 9e), Willie Martinez (August 16e), and Patsy Grant (August 23rd).

“We said this would be the summer that New York would come back to life post-pandemic, and we see it before our very eyes with all the music and community events happening in our beautiful Brooklyn, including our Borough Hall jazz concerts,” a declared Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “It was a pleasure to work with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Jazz Foundation of America to bring back this beloved series, featuring all of Brooklyn’s local jazz artists. We hope you will come and spend your lunch with us on Tuesdays in August.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and the Jazz Foundation for this lunchtime jazz concert series,” said Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer. “Being able to showcase local Brooklyn talent right here in downtown Brooklyn is such a privilege, and I hope everyone comes out to enjoy the music and our great outdoors. To be back after two years without being able to direct this series is a good sign that Brooklyn – and NYC – is back. »

“In 30 years of helping the greats of jazz and blues music nationwide, the Jazz Foundation of America has come to know Brooklyn through the relentless stream of brilliant musicians who are a product of the borough” , said Jazz Foundation of America Executive Director Joe Petrucelli. “We are thrilled to partner with Brooklyn Borough President Reynoso and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership for this luncheon series, which will showcase outstanding local talent in the heart of Brooklyn. It’s an ideal way to create meaningful new work opportunities for fantastic musicians, in a unique and festive setting.

The composition of the series is as follows:

Eric Wyatt

Tuesday August 2 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Wyatt is a Brooklyn-born tenor, alto and soprano saxophonist. Son of Charles Jolly Wyatt and godson of Sonny Rollins, Wyatt grew up around Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dexter Gordon, Gary Bartz, Big Nick Nicholas, Gilley Coggins, Wilber Ware and Dizzy Gillespie. He has toured internationally and performed with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Jeff Tain Watts, Roy Hargrove, Bob Crenshaw, Al Foster, Rufus Reid, Warren Wolf, Wallace Roney and Steve Jordan.

Steve Cromity

Tuesday August 9 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Brooklynite Steve Cromity Steve is a talented bebop-style singer who has worked at many of New York’s top jazz establishments such as the Lenox Lounge, Birdland and Smoke, and with great musicians such as James Weidman, Eric Wyatt and Craig Haynes . “A talented singer with impeccable diction and an ear for great songs.” – all about jazz

Willie Martinez

Tuesday August 16 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Willie Martinez is a world class drummer/percussionist and vocalist who has worked with artists like Chico O’Farrill, Benny Powell, Hilton Ruiz, Ray Santos, Steve Turre and George Cables. He played everywhere from CBGB to Carnegie Hall and hosted a long-running monthly show at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe with his band La Familia. He was recently named “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1 for his weekly outdoor concerts, which have kept his Brooklyn neighborhood alive throughout the pandemic. His Latin Jazz Collective is made up of some of the genre’s most accomplished leaders. Their music presents the timeless marriage of Afro-Caribbean rhythms with the harmonic vocabulary and spirit of improvisation of jazz.

Patsy Grant

Tuesday August 23 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

A performer of soulful songs admired among her musical peers, Patsy Grant has long been an inspiration to connoisseurs. Cherished in the Brooklyn jazz world for her many spirited performances at places like Brownstone Jazz and 966, she always brings in wonderful musicians and builds a strong relationship with every audience.

More details about the series can be found here.

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Willie J. Johnson