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Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO 88.3 FM Present Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat in June
(Published: May 21, 2012)

Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat Kicks off Summer in the Heart of Brooklyn -
Six Exciting Events to Take Place at Brooklyn Cultural Institutions this June

(Brooklyn, NY - May 21, 2012) This June, Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO 88.3 FM will bring an eclectic mix of free and low-cost jazz performances to six of Brooklyn's favorite cultural institutions with the annual series Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat. From samba dancing with the Prospect Park Zoo's sea lions to boogying under the arch at Grand Army Plaza, this month-long celebration gives Brooklynites of all ages a chance to enjoy world-class jazz music at some of the borough's favorite cultural destinations.

Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat is a unique partnership between Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO in collaboration with six cultural institutions - Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Zoo - working together since 2007 to bring jazz musicians, singers and artists from around the globe to Brooklyn. The series showcases the borough's diversity and the musical form of jazz through concerts, dances, lessons and more.

In 2012, audiences will be treated to an eclectic mix that ranges from 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 Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue under Prospect Park's Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza; the Chuck Braman Quartet featuring vibraphonist Behn Gillece at BBG's free Amble celebration; a Father's Day weekend performance by renowned harpist Brandee Younger at The Brooklyn Children Museum; bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux playing Brooklyn Public Library's outdoor plaza; and a concert by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and his Quintet as part of Brooklyn Museum's BrooklyNites series.

Dates, Times and Fees:

The Chuck Braman Quartet featuring Behn Gillece at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (part of Amble: BBG's June Jubilee)
Saturday, June 2 - 12:00 & 2:30pm

Samba with the Sea Lions, Prospect Park Zoo 

Saturday, June 9 - 12:00pm

Free with Admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors 65+, $5 for children ages 3-12)

Brandee Younger, Brooklyn Children's Museum
Saturday, June 16 - 1:30pm

Free with Admission ($7.50)

Katie Thiroux Quartet at Brooklyn Public Library's Plaza
Wednesday, June 20 - 7:00pm (swing dance lessons at 6:30pm)

Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue Dance Party at Prospect Park's Grand Army Plaza

Saturday, June 23 - 4:00-7:00pm

Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Brooklyn Museum
Thursday, June 28 - 7:00pm
Free with Admission ($12 adults, $8 students and senior citizens, suggested)

All events are free to members of WBGO and the host venue. For more information, visit www.heartofbrooklyn.org/jazz or www.wbgo.org/brooklyn, or follow @heartofbrooklyn and @wbgo on Twitter (hashtag: #JazzBklynsBeat).

Support for Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat provided by TD Bank, Berkeley College and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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 heartofbrooklyn.org.

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