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(Published: May 18, 2012)

The Debut Recording from The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Ensemble
Available June 26 at www.BJURecords.com, www.Brooklynjazz.org and now on http://brooklynjazz.bandc...

A Portrait of Brooklyn Features: David Smith (trumpet), Adam Kolker (tenor sax, alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute), Dan Pratt (tenor sax, clarinet, flute), Anne Mette Iversen (bass), Rob Garcia (drums)

The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Announces Its Sixth Annual Festival
@ IBeam Brooklyn, http://ibeambrooklyn.com - June 15 & 16 (see lineup below)

The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Ensemble
David Smith, Tammy Scheffer, David Cook, Anne Mette Iversen & Rob Garcia
Also Appearing at The Beehive in Boston on June 6 @ 8:00 PM!
Performing A Portrait of Brooklyn and more ... Tel 617 423 0069, www.beehiveboston.com

"These days integrity counts for a lot. That's what keeps jazz relevant in a fragmented music industry. . . . The Brooklyn Jazz Underground understand that it takes more than talent." - NPR.org/music

" . . . 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 its scene."
- The Wall Street Journal

The Brooklyn Jazz Underground (www.Brooklynjazz.org), recently featured in the March 2012 issue of DownBeat Magazine, is an artist run association that is in constant motion and evolvement. This Spring the members, Anne Mette Iversen, Adam Kolker, David Smith and Rob Garcia are pleased to welcome three new members, vocalist Tammy Scheffer, pianist David Cook and drummer Owen Howard to the fold. They are pleased to announce the release of the first Brooklyn Jazz Underground Ensemble recording, A Portrait of Brooklyn, initiated by a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, and featuring David Smith (trumpet), Adam Kolker (tenor sax, alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute), Dan Pratt (tenor sax, clarinet, flute),Anne Mette Iversen (bass) and Rob Garcia (drums). The CD will be released on the BJU's sister company, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records on June 26.

In 2011 the members of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground composed new music for their first collaborative effort, A Portrait of Brooklyn, for the premiere in May 2011 at Sycamore in Brooklyn (where the BJU, in collaboration with Connection Works, curates a weekly concert series). These performances marked the first time that the BJU members came together as an ensemble (previously they have only operated as an association of bandleaders performing independently with their own groups). "Performing together proved to be such a wonderful experience for us that we unanimously decided to record and release this collection of music. The CD, featuring two compositions from each member, that are reflective of our experiences living in Brooklyn, is not an attempt at defining or representing Brooklyn, it is simply A Portrait", said bassist/composer Iversen.

The Brooklyn Jazz Underground's Sixth Annual Festival
@ IBeam Brooklyn:
Friday, June 15:
8:30 PM - Owen Howard's "Drum Lore"
Owen Howard (drums), Adam Kolker (tenor & soprano sax), John O'Gallagher (alto sax), Frank Carlberg (piano), Aidan O'Donnell (bass)

10:00 PM - A Portrait of Brooklyn
David Smith (trumpet), Adam Kolker (alto & tenor sax, bass clarinet, clarinet), Dan Pratt (tenor sax, clarinet, flute), Anne Mette Iversen (bass), Rob Garcia (drums)

Saturday, June 16:
8:30 PM - Adam Kolker Solo (tenor sax & bass clarinet)

9:00 PM - Tammy Scheffer Sextet
Tammy Scheffer (voice), Andrew Urbina (alto sax), Dan Pratt (tenor sax), David Cook (piano), Dan Foose (bass), Ronen Itzik (drums)

10:30 PM - David Cook Trio
David Cook (piano), Matt Clohesy (bass), Mark Ferber (drums)

Also currently available on BJURecords:
Anne Mette Iversen - Poetry of Earth (BJUR 031)
Josh Ginsburg - Zembla Variations (BJUR 030)
Jeremy Siskind - Finger-Songwriter (o34)
Isaac Darche - Boom-Bap!tism (32)
Arthur Kell - Jester (033)

Press Enquiries please contact:
Jason Paul Harman Byrne at Red Cat Publicity
347 578 7601, redcatjazz@mac.com

The Brooklyn Jazz Underground, www.Brooklynjazz.org, is an association of independent artists with a shared commitment to creativity and community. Through cooperative efforts, the BJU aims to build a greater awareness of original music emerging from Brooklyn, NY. Its sister company is Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, www.BJURecords.com.

More Information: http://www.bjurecords.com

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