Brooklyn Jazz Underground 3
The Brooklyn Jazz Underground is an association of independent bandleaders with a shared commitment to improvised music. Through cooperative effort, members of the BJU strive to create greater awareness of their work. Time Out New York, 01.11.07: 'Consider this the opening shot in the latest revolution to hit New York's improv scene. The ten founding members of The Brooklyn Jazz Underground don't all play together or sound alike; what unites them (apart from an area-code or two) is a sense of self-sufficiency and a willingness to pool resources for the greater good. That means more to just teaming up to hustle gigs. It also means raising funds to create arts-education programs in borough schools, in order to establish the next generation of listeners and players.' All about Jazz, NYC, 01.05.07: '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. High priced Manhattan real estate has also made places like Park Slope an attractive alternative and as a result, a delightful club scene has sprung up that fosters musical creativity.' Wall Street Journal, 01.17.07: 'There is so much above-ground jazz activity in Brooklyn now -- the Park Slope scene has emerging parallels in Williamsburg, Fort Greene and Beford Stuyvesant -- that a new collective has dubbed itself the Brooklyn Jazz Underground. The organization comprises 10 bands, led by on-the-rise players, who have pooled their resources for promotion and used outlets like myspace.com to gain exposure for their music. ...The Brooklyn Jazz Undergound had it's launch last week at Smalls 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 the scene. ...'Brooklyn represents an aesthetic that we all embrace in our own music -- that of fearless experimentation and open-mindedness,' wrote Alan Ferber in an email. 'Whenever I walk into a Brooklyn jazz club, I know that I have to check my preconceptions at the door and enter expecting to hear anything. It's very exciting and consistently inspiring.'
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