NEA jazz grasp Randy Weston was inducted into the Brooklyn Jazz Corridor of Fame: his grandson accepted the award

Photo by David Powell (LR, CM of NYC, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., grandson of Nilles Weston; CBJC founder Viola Plummer)

Almost 200 guests attended the African American Freedom Day celebrations, celebrating Black Music Month and the posthumous induction of NEA jazz master Randy Weston into the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame (BJHoFAME). The event was jointly sponsored by the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) and RestorationART and took place on June 19 at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation campus.

The BJHoFAME program included presentations by the Jazzteenth Freedom Ensemble, the Emmanuel Baptist Church Worship Team, and Shanto’s Drum Procession. The aspiring flautist Gabrielle Garo received the Deacon Leroy Applin Young Lioness Award for her musical achievements. At the night reception, organized by the Sugar Hill Supper Club, guests danced to the sounds of Doug Guthrie and the Caribbean Jazzy Combo.

“Central Brooklyn is blessed that jazz giants like Max Roach, Roland Alexander, Betty Carter and Randy Weston have shared their voices for and with the community,” said chairman Clarence Mosley Jr. during the ceremony.

Randy Weston joins jazz greats Lena Horne, Herbie Mann, Cecil Payne and others at BJHoFAME. Membership is based on several factors including the musician’s social impact. Weston was an advocate of the African origins of music, and the rhythms he used became a part of jazz. Weston’s introduction complements the Juneteenth and Black Music themes of the program.

The event was sponsored by Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., a member of the New York City Council. Media sponsors included Our Time Press and Jazz Promo Services. Music sponsors were Jazzmobile and Guerrilla Journalism.

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