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Local Nonprofits Bring Free Live Jazz to Bed-Stuy

By Paul DeBenedetto | July 10, 2013 8:01am | Updated on July 10, 2013 12:24pm
 Restoration Plaza will host free jazz every Tuesday in July.
Restoration Plaza will host free jazz every Tuesday in July.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A central Brooklyn nonprofit is bringing live jazz to Bed-Stuy's Restoration Plaza every Tuesday in July.

The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, a nonprofit focused on bringing live music to underserved Brooklyn communities, will invite a new jazz musician every week to the west plaza of Restoration, 1368 Fulton St., outside Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill.

The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium started in 1999 as a group of jazz musicians, venues and organizations coming together to promote affordable jazz music in Brooklyn. Since then, the group has created a jazz hall of fame, and puts on an annual spring jazz festival.

On Tuesday, local jazz musician Jeff King performed, and July 16 will see a performance by Afro-Caribbean jazz musician Dwight Brewster.

Latin jazz fusion group Sabor Jazz Associates plays the following Tuesday, July 23, and saxophonist Reggie Woods rounds out the month on July 30.

Performances start at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., and all shows are free. Food and drink will be available, and there's limited seating at Applebee's outdoor patio.

The jazz concerts are part of a series of events from Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in and around Restoration Plaza. Starting next week, the group will sponsor health and wellness classes, as well as a farmers market in Marcy Avenue Plaza

The summer programming will also feature outdoor films, dance and theater performances, according to a Restoration spokeswoman.