Discovered a Jazzfest, Fishfry, Open Mic at a Brooklyn Brownstone
Enjoy back-in-the-day “no amp” salon jazz in a historic home with a kick-off-your-shoes vibe and meal.
BrownstoneJAZZ, WHERE THE SPIRIT OF JAZZ COMES ALIVE , AND MAKES YOUR SOUL ROCK AND ROLL
THE ROOM HAS A VERY NATURAL ACOUSTIC SOUND, PLUS AN INTIMATE JAZZ FEEL EXPERIENCE
WEEKLY FRIDAY NIGHT FESTIVAL AND SATURDAY NIGHT TOO, CONCERT SERIES FISH FRY and OPEN MIC.
The Historical Landmarked 19th Century 1880's Victorian Townhouse Bed and Breakfast parlor floor room that’s living to breath concerts in the authentic jazz community of Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn.
The building is owned by the same family for six generation. Lastly purchased in community around the same time JAZZ was at its peak. The revival of the property and jazz they way it was, are both being made possible at the same time once again in this beautiful, vibrant area.
Discover an up close and personal jazz room that features some of todays Best JAZZ ARTISTS, keeping America’s first original music alive. Jazz Artists that have played, studied, toured, jammed and recorded on the major jazz scene for years.
The History of Jazz heard from musicians who played the music while traveling the road of stardom. Listen to them speak backstage happenings of jazz legends. First hand tales from musicians that were really there. Jazz lovers hold tight to their seats so they can say,"I was there @ BrownstoneJAZZ when that happened". Become a part of today’s stories of the HOUSE OF JAZZ, which will be shared, years from now.
Find some of NYC'S best performances, with engaged audiences from all over the world that recognize some of the musicians that they’ve seen or heard before in their own countries playing an intimate room right in front them.
Come listen to TOP JAZZ ARTIST @ reasonable prices. Including a Traditional late night, home prepared light meal. Feel free to move around 2 floors to mingle, talk and eat along with artists on the break.
See the inside of what is considered to be a beautiful detailed Townhouse called, Brownstones.
You can find other weekly series held by BrownstoneJAZZ, or have us create one for you.
Come where the JAZZ is COOKING, while FISH is SIZZLING… Every Friday and Saturday night.
An immersion in the heart of Bed-stuy: BROWNSTONE JAZZ ..
AHT February 21, 2016
” Jazz Sessions That Evoke an Earlier Era ”
Featured on NBC and in the New York Times, BROWNSTONE JAZZ at Sankofa Aban B&B is a celebration of music in the heart of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood. Live music, performed in an intimate setting with an open-mic session.
Extract from the NY TIME article:
” MOST times, the Sankofa Aban bed-and-breakfast is scarcely distinguishable from the other brownstones along the quiet, tree-lined streets of its historic part of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Only a tiny sign beside the stoop suggests the gorgeously restored 19th-century town house is not a private home.
But starting about 9 p.m. every Friday, something’s swinging in the parlor of 107 Macon Street. From the sidewalk, one can see dapper jazz musicians bounce and hear the thumping of a double bass. A singer does her best Billie Holiday just out of view; the piano is slightly — charmingly — out of tune.
Forget the high-priced clubs that long ago traded in their smoky glory to cater to out-of-towners. The weekly Brownstone Jazz concerts here are intimate affairs that recall a time when Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant house parties turned into all-night jams.
“In the evening hours, after a full week, you can get out somewhere and kick back with others while feeling at home, and listen,” said Debbie McClain, the owner, noting that the parlors of brownstones like hers were sometimes used as ballrooms in bygone days. “People gathered in elegance,” she said, adding, “We look to continue an old trend.”
Jazz and a Fish Fry Inside a Historical Bed-Stuy Brownstone
BY: JONATHON SCHAFF | 4.15.2013 |
Kurt Vonnegut once defined jazz as “safe sex of the highest order.” If that quote doesn’t make sense now, just wait until you’re under the spell of the romantic, historical Sankofa Aban Bed and Breakfast’s Brownstone Jazznight. Serenaded in a centuries-old brownstone by live bass, piano, and drum, you’ll get the drift right away.
Every Friday and Saturday night, in the heart of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, the B & B throws a jazz party that looks and sounds straight out of the ‘60s and even earlier. When Brooklyn was an epicenter for jazz music, swelling with clubs that sprung up on practically every corner. Those days, on any given night, you could stumble into a jazz parlor and find musicians such as Max Roach, Hank Mobley, and Miles Davis blowing away.
Today, Brownstone Jazz holds a candle for that lost place in time. Standing outside 107 Macon Street on the night of a show, the scene looks much like it would have in the years ago. A bass player—Brownstone Jazz co-founder Eric Lemon—stands silhouetted in the bay windows, plucking his vintage standup. Inside, Lemon is joined by a rotating cast of musicians and friends, some of whom stop by with their instruments in tow to join in for a song or two.
Accomplished jazz singer Boncella Lewis is often on hand to lend her formidable talents to the concert, alternatively wowing the crowd with soulful standards and delivering self-deprecating one-liners about her life as a New York stage performer. Boncella is a favorite of Debbie McClain, the building’s owner and a Brownstone Jazz co-owner. Says McClain, “The song I insist she sing all the time is ‘Here’s to Life.’ It gives me chills up and down my spine.”
During a typical show, the intimate audience sits on folding chairs in the parlor, where it’s easy to sit back and soak up the music and the ambiance. Here in Bed-Stuy, the setting is as authentic as the jazz; the Victorian-style brownstone dates back to the 1880s, and original details and period pieces have turned the restored townhouse into a veritable time machine. The parlor piano, for instance, has parts in it that were made in 1860. “The piano has not just a history, but a soul,” says McClain, whose family has owned the building for six generations.
The show at Sankofa Aban starts up around 9 p.m. and breaks only when Debbie descends the basement stairs with a basket of fried fish around 10:30 p.m.—the fish fry is included in the event’s admission. Why a fish fry? “Fish is a common denominator all around the world,” McClain says. The food links the Brooklyn of today with the Brooklyn of yesteryear, when friends found time to gather, eat, and celebrate. “A lot of people can’t afford to see a show, have dinner, and a drink,” McClain explains. “So let’s do it. Let’s do what we used to do.”
After a quick, delicious reprieve, the music picks back up and carries on well into the evening.
Sankofa Aban Bed and Breakfast | 107 Macon Street, Brooklyn, NY | Two blocks from the Nostrand Avenue subway station / Refreshments Available