Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame and Museum

The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) created the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999 and added a museum component in 2009 to further its mission of providing cultural programs to under served populations. Each year in April, as part of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, CBJC inducts outstanding women and men into the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame and awards individuals who have made significant contributions to the music genre of jazz.


A Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame member is a master musician who has made a significant contribution to the art form Jazz, has a musical connection or residence in Brooklyn, and has made the transition from earth.

Members of the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame include: Eubie Blake, Cal Massey, C. Scoby Stroman, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Joe Carroll, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Noel Pointer, Betty Roché, Art Blakey, Kenny Durham, Hazel Scott, Mary Lou Williams, Roland Alexander, Cecil Payne and Max Roach. Freddie Hubbard and Leonard Gaskin were inducted in 2009.

The CBJC also awards notable Brooklyn jazz musicians and community members who have made an impact on the world of Brooklyn Jazz. A Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a living master musician. These musicians will automatically receive hall of fame status upon their transition. John Ore, Clifton Small, Gerald Hayes, Montego Joe, and Cedar Walton are future Brooklyn Jazz hall of Fame members.

A Jazz Impact, Deacon Leroy Applin "Young Lion(ess)", and Jazz Shrine Awards are also given out annually.


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