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Celebrate Brooklyn Jazz Festival

The Andy Kirk Research Foundation, Inc. presents, as part of the Ninth Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, a three day tribute to the late jazz icon Dr. Maxwell Lemuel Roach.

From April 25-27, presentations, video footage, panel discussions and jazz performances will honor the life of this great African American artist.

At Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Boys and Girls High School and Medgar Evers College, all in the Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights sections of Brooklyn, more than 100 jazz musicians will pay homage to Brooklyn’s legendary percussionist Max Roach. All three days of programming and concerts are free and open to the entire family.

For information, call 718-756-9407.

April 25 at Concord Baptist Church of Christ, 1-5 p.m., enjoy performances by Randy Weston African Rhythms and an ensemble featuring Louis Nash. Dr. Weston will also lead a discussion of the life of Max Roach.

April 26 at Boys and Girls High School, 3-8 p.m., master of ceremonies Phil Schapp, Amiri Baraka and a musical presentation by M’ Boom will headline the program.

The finale on Sunday features a panel discussion with colleagues of Dr. Roach, an interview with T.S. Monk followed by a jazz celebrity jam session. Jazz musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Powell, Montego Joe, Jimmy Owens, Joe Chambers, Alex Blake, Cecil Bridgewater, Sam Gill, T.K. Blue, Odean Pope, Louis Nash and others are expected to join the musical tributes put together by Max Roach’s lifelong friend Dr. Randy Weston.

For information about the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival go to or call 718-569-1896.

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