FreeJazz Residency at Weeksville
December 7-8, 2018
Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn NY 11213
$15 per night
Arts for Art presents a weekend FreeJazz Residency at the Weeksville Heritage Center, featuring performances by Irreversible Quartet, poets Patricia Spears Jones and Tracie Morris, and In Order to Survive.
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. Arts for Art and Weeksville are elated to continue amplifying this history.
Weeksville Heritage Center is a one-of-a-kind 21st-century cultural institution with a 180-year history. The organization’s mission is to document, preserve and interpret the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn—one of America’s 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.