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Summer’s over — and so are Brooklyn’s free lunchtime jazz concerts

2019-09-28

The first sign of fall arrived in Brooklyn Friday, when the Summer Lunchtime Jazz Concert held the last of its free outdoor concerts.

A crowd of about 100 hundred people gathered around the steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall to listen to about an hour of live jazz. The concerts, which ran through September, were put on by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the Brooklyn Borough President’s office and the Jazz Foundation for America.

Jazz trio Organ Monk, based in Brooklyn, set the mood with an organ, drums, and electric guitar. After each song the crowd erupted into applause.

“I absolutely loved it, I’m more improved than when I got off the train, this is fantastic,” Yolanda Graham, 60, said as she watched kids dancing to the music.

“I love music. My spirits have been lifted,” she added, when the concert ended and she walked away.

Aside from entertaining people who visit Downtown Brooklyn, the concert series helps employs local jazz musicians and gives them a connection to music-lovers in the community, said Will Glass, program manager with the Jazz Foundation of America.

“There is no end of great artists with so much to offer and its harder and harder to see jazz, it’s expensive to see it in clubs and commercial venues and there are lots of people who love it and would love it more if they got more exposure,” said Glass.

The Jazz Foundation of America is a nonprofit that supports Jazz musicians by connecting them to job opportunities, and affordable medical services and legal council.