The past few days have been extraordinarily busy: The past four days I’ve been covering the fourth — well, technically the third, I guess? — edition of The New Colossus Festival. There’ll be a couple of interviews with some great up-and-coming artists, who were in the country for both New Colossus and SXSW, as well as live concert photos and some thoughts on the festival. So be on the lookout for that in the upcoming days and weeks.
But in the meantime, back in 2021 I was at BRIC House in Downtown Brooklyn for two of the three nights of BRIC‘s annual BRIC Jazz Fest. The second night featured an eclectic array of artists across the jazz spectrum, including the Sun Ra Arkestra, led by the equally legendary Marshall Allen; poet and saxophonist Roy Nathanson and JOVM mainstay Nick Hakim performed songs off their collaborative album 2021’s Small Things; bassist and composer Adi Mayerson; and Grammy-nominated, Moroccan-born, New York-based Samir Langus.
Honestly, I don’t know why I hadn’t posted photos or anything from this showcase. The past couple of years have been so very odd, you know? But photos are below.
Sun Ra Arkestra
Roy Nathanson and Nick Hakim