Peter Jay Sharp Building
321 Ashland Place
The New Cookers
Friday, Apr 24, 2015, 9:30pm
Taking their name from legendary jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s touchstone 1965 Blue Note album The Night of the Cookers, this Brooklyn-based outfit excels in hard-bop jazz with a subtle hip-hop influence. Melding old school bebop with contemporary rhythms, The New Cookers forge a bold, distinctive sound that pays tribute to their borough’s rich musical heritage. They return to the BAMcafé as part of the 16th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival.
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015, 9:30pm
Possessed of a soul-stirringly expressive voice, singer and guitarist Jessica Betts is equally adept at crafting catchy pop anthems and heart-tugging R&B ballads. Since taking a hiatus after bursting onto the national stage by winning Missy Elliott’s 2005 Road to Stardom reality TV show, Betts has returned to music in full force. Most recently she’s been seen as the opener for K. Michelle’s Rebellious Soul tour and, in 2014, was selected to close the BET Honors Pre-Show.
BAMcafé Live Host: Phillip Andry
BAMcafé Live House DJ: DJ Idlemind “The Appropriate Agent”
BAMcafé Live features a diverse mix of free live music and performance in BAM’s Lepercq Space, a bar and lounge space in the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Started in 1999, BAMcafé Live, currently curated by Darrell M. McNeill, has served as a career launchpad for many new artists, including Stew, Antibalas, Slow Six, Carl Hancock Rux, Morley, Eisa Davis, Travis Sullivan‘s Bjorkestra, ETHEL, Haale, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Sekou Sundiata, Earl Greyhound, Licorice, and many others. BAMcafé Live has also been an intimate performance home for established artists like Marshall Crenshaw, Vernon Reid, Grady Tate, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore aka Dr. Madd Vibe, Gary Lucas, Don Byron, Marc Ribot, Corey Glover, Joe Bataan, Jeffrey Gaines, and TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone.
BAMcafé Live runs from September through May on select Friday and Saturday nights.