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FreeJazz Residency at Weeksville
Weeksville Heritage Center
Brooklyn, NY
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FreeJazz Residency at Weeksville
Arts for Art presents a weekend FreeJazz Residency at the Weeksville Heritage Center, featuring performances by the Irreversible Quartet, poets Patricia Spears Jones and Tracie Morris, and William Parker's In Order to Survive.

The FreeJazz Aesthetic insists on an unceasing commitment to developing a unique improvisational voice, and is embodied in music, poetry, dance, and visual arts.  The FreeJazz Residency at Weeksville aims to highlight the voices of the young, the masters, and legendary artists of this vital art form.    

In the early 20th century, Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights welcomed a new wave of black residents making these black enclaves stand out cultural strongholds, with music integrated into every aspect of community life. A remarkable number of jazz musicians were nurtured and schooled in these neighborhoods. So much so, that by mid-century, the number of local jazz venues in Central Brooklyn had outdistanced the number in Harlem. In 2015, Weeksville unveiled 'Lost Jazz Shrines of Brooklyn: the Weeksville Collection', an exhibit that celebrated the spirited, liberating force of jazz that took root in Central Brooklyn between the 1930s and 1960s. We are elated to continue amplifying this history alongside Arts For Art.

December 7

7:30pm  Patricia Spears Jones - poet / Luke Stewart - bass

8pm Irreversible Quartet w/ Keir Neuringer - sax / Luke Stewart - bass / Aquiles Navarro - trumpet / Tcheser Holmes - drums

December 8

7:30pm Tracie Morris - poet / William Parker - bass

8pm In Order to Survive w/ William Parker - bass / Cooper-Moore - keyboard / Rob Brown - alto sax / & guest Gerald Cleaver - drums

Weeksville Heritage Center is a one-of-a-kind 21st-century cultural institution with a 180-year history. The organizations mission is to document, preserve and interpret the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklynone of Americas many free black communities and to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of African American history through education, the arts, and civic engagement. Using a contemporary lens, Weeksville activates this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs.

Founded in 1996, Arts For Art (AFA) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the advancement of FreeJazz - an American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principle.
AFA offers multi-arts programs throughout the year that fulfill the role of arts in society, that is, to reflect and respond to the world. Our programming brings together multiple generations of vibrant, diverse and highly skilled artists.
Throughout our events and forums, AFA works to deepen the engagement with a growing community and enable the artists to network and address the personal, political, and practical concerns of being an artist in contemporary society.


Weeksville Heritage Center (View)
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Arts For Art
On BPT Since: Mar 30, 2015
Arts for Art
212 254 5420

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