6. BrownstoneJAZZ honors Bedford-Stuyvesant’s rich jazz history
BrownstoneJAZZ at Sankofa Aban B&B is a celebration of music in a historic Brooklyn brownstone, featuring live music in an intimate setting. Jazz performances take place inside an 1880s restored townhouse with many original details. The home is also in the same family for six generations. In addition to performances by jazz combos, concerts are made complete by Southern fish fry meals.
Before becoming an epicenter of hip-hop, Brooklyn featured just as many jazz sites as Manhattan, and most were in Bedford-Stuyvesant. At its height, Bedford-Stuyvesant had about 20 respected clubs that brought in figures like Miles Davis and Max Roach. Jazz greats such as Eddie Heywood, George Russell and Lena Horne called Brooklyn home. BrownstoneJAZZ now is one of the only spots in the neighborhood preserving Bed-Stuy’s jazz history and culture. BrownstoneJazz is another one of the many locations featured in our book New York Hidden Bars and Restaurants.