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Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat Continues: Felix Hernadez's Rhythm Review & Jeremy Pelt
(Published: June 23, 2012)

Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat Continues in the Heart of Brooklyn with Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue Dance Party and Jeremy Pelt Quintet

(Brooklyn, NY - June 20, 2012) -- On Saturday, June 23, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM -- the original home of the Rhythm Revue - and Heart of Brooklyn team up for an afternoon of classic soul, R & B, funk and disco with Felix Hernandez at a FREE Rhythm Revue dance party at Prospect Park's Grand Army Plaza, as part of the annual series Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat. One of WBGO's most popular hosts and a Brooklynite himself, Hernandez is known for his sold-out dances throughout the metro area. This Saturday, he brings the fun to the Heart of Brooklyn for an annual dance party to start off the summer in style.

The series concludes with Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, June 28, at 7:00pm. The event is Free with Admission ($12 adults, $8 students and senior citizens, suggested)

Throughout June, Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO 88.3 FM are bringing 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 were also treated to an eclectic mix that ranged from Samba with the Sea Lions at Prospect Park Zoo, where sea lions BeeBe and Stella "danced" along as Samba New York! taught the crowd Brazil's most famous dance; 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; and bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux playing Brooklyn Public Library's outdoor plaza.

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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