Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat is swingin' in the Heart of Brooklyn!

(19-May-2011 - Brooklyn, NY) Don’t miss Sea Lions dancing the samba at Prospect Park Zoo, a giant Electric Slide under the arch at Grand Army Plaza and much more when Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO 88.3 FM present Jazz: Brooklyn’s Beat this June and July. The month-long celebration of jazz in Brooklyn features memorable performances at six of the borough’s favorite cultural institutions, with something for music lovers of all ages. All six family-friendly events are free or free with admission.

Jazz: Brooklyn’s Beat is a unique collaboration between eight esteemed non-profits working together since 2007 to bring jazz musicians, singers and artists from around the globe to Brooklyn, home to more than 15% of WBGO’s listeners. The series celebrates Brooklyn’s diversity and the musical form of jazz through concerts, dances, lessons and more. Several prominent jazz artists will visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park and Prospect Park Zoo for this unique series.

2011’s lineup includes: Samba with the Sea Lions at Prospect Park Zoo, where sea lions BeeBe and Stella will “dance” along as Samba New York! teaches the crowd Brazil’s most famous dance; a free Rhythm Revue Dance Party with Felix Hernandez under Prospect Park’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza; celebrated drummer Winard Harper in concert at Brooklyn Museum; the legendary Harlem Blues and Jazz Band (whose roots reach to the classic period of the 20s and the 30s) performing at Central Library’s outdoor plaza; Brooklyn native Matt Munisteri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden as part of the Homegrown festival; and saxophonist, composer and educator Tia Fuller, who toured the globe onstage with Beyonce and will light up Brooklyn Children’s Museum on Father’s Day weekend.

Dates and Times:
Samba with the Sea Lions, Prospect Park Zoo
Saturday, June 4 – 12pm & 1:30pm
Free with Admission

The Matt Munisteri Band (part of Homegrown), Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturday, June 11 – 2:15 and 3pm
Free with Admission

Plaza Swing Series: The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, Brooklyn Public Library – Central Library, Plaza
Thursday, June 16 – 6:30pm

Tia Fuller (part of Brooklyn’s Best Jazz Fest)
Saturday, June 18 – 4pm
Free with Admission

Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue, Prospect Park’s Grand Army Plaza
Saturday, June 25 – 4pm

Winard Harper, Brooklyn Museum
Thursday, July 7, 7pm
Free with Admission

For more information, visit www.heartofbrooklyn.org/jazz or www.wbgo.org/brooklyn, or follow @heartofbrooklyn and @wbgo on Twitter.

Major support for Jazz: Brooklyn’s Beat provided by TD Bank and Berkeley College. Made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.

Pictured: Tia Fuller, who performs at Brooklyn Children's Museum June 18

Founded in 1979, Newark Public Radio, Inc. is a publicly supported cultural institution that champions jazz at WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark, New Jersey and worldwide via wbgo.org. WBGO is the recognized world leader in jazz radio and one of the most respected jazz presenters in the country, and offers award-winning news and innovative children’s programs. Beyond reaching 400,000 weekly listeners (including 17,000 contributing members) on air, online and via mobile devices, WBGO presents live broadcasts from prestigious jazz venues and produces acclaimed programs for NPR heard by millions. WBGO is Jazz Week magazine’s 2010 Major Market Station of the Year.

Heart of Brooklyn (HOB) is a partnership of the leading cultural institutions located near Grand Army Plaza in central Brooklyn. Founded in 2001 by Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance, and Prospect Park Zoo, this partnership is dedicated to promoting its unique cultural campus as a "must-see" destination to a diverse audience in Brooklyn and beyond. Heart of Brooklyn encourages tourism and learning by making its world-class collections and historic treasures more visible and accessible. As an integral part of Brooklyn's renaissance, Heart of Brooklyn is committed to strengthening the future of its neighborhoods. Learn more at www.heartofbrooklyn.org.