The Brooklyn Jazz Underground is an association of independent artists with a shared commitment to creativity and community. Through cooperative efforts, the BJU aims to build a greater awareness of original music emerging from Brooklyn, NY.

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Acoustic bassist! Composer! Female! Bandleader! Contemporary! Jazz! Creative! Orchestral! Music!

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"And if there’s one thing the Rob Garcia 4 has plenty of, it’s personality. Perennial pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and thoroughly satisfies." - All About Jazz

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Owen Howard Drums and cymbals

Drum Lore & Music

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David Cook Piano / Keyboard

"A dedicated artist who has found his authentic and clear voice as a pianist and composer." - Bruce Barth

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Adam Kolker Saxophone; Woodwinds

"He’s a real improviser, making impulsive choices about phrasing and how to imply a chord..." - Ben Ratliff, NY Times

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David Smith Trumpet

A trumpeter with a style as unique for composition as for improvisation.

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"Scheffer has the agility and panache of a seasoned horn player and the imagination of the brightest stars of her generation" Andrea Canter,

04.23.2013 The Annual BJU Festival 2013

On Wednesday and Thursday, May 29 and 30, the Brooklyn Jazz Underground returns to Smalls Jazz Club to present its 7th annual festival featuring groups led by six of its members (three bands per night). Formed in 2006, The Brooklyn Jazz Underground is an association of independent artists with a shared commitment to creativity and community. Through cooperative efforts, the BJU aims to build a greater awareness of original music emerging from Brooklyn, NY.

06.15.2012 BJU Festival

The 2012 BJU Festival will take place at Ibeam in Brooklyn.

04.28.2012 Underground Works in May

Underground Works in May is curated by bassist and composer Anne Mette Iversen. Join us every Sunday at 8:30pm, at Sycamore: 1118 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn.

04.28.2012 BJU Festival

This years BJU Festival takes place June 15-16 at Ibeam in Brooklyn. New members will present their groups, and old members will present the music from their new collective release "A Portrait of Brooklyn". Detailed schedule will be listed shortly.

03.01.2012 Underground Works in March!

Underground Works in March 2012!

Curated by David Smith

March 4th - David Smith Trio

David Smith - trumpet, Gary Wang - bass, Ben Perowsky - drums

March 11 - Mike Eckroth Quintet

Mike Eckroth - keyboard, David Smith - trumpet, Dan Pratt - saxophone, Yoshi Waki - bass, Steve Johns - drums 

March 18 - Sebastian Noelle Quartet

Sebastian Noelle - guitar, Rainer Boehm - keyboard, TBA - bass, Ronin Itzik - drums

March 25 - Aruan Ortiz with Rez Abassi and  Colin Stranahan

Aruan Ortiz - rhodes and effects, Rez Abassi - guitar, Colin Stranahan - drums 

02.01.2012 Underground Works in February!

This month more great music on Sundays at Sycamore!

Feb 5th - off for the Superbowl

Feb 12th -  Joshua Davis Group

Tammy Scheffer - voice

Natalie John - voice

Ole Mathisen - saxophone 

Ronin Itzik - drums

February 19th David Cook Trio

David Cook - rhodes

Matt Clohesy - bass

Ross Pederson - drums

February 26th - Sycamore closed tonight

More great music in March! 

01.01.2012 Underground Works @ Sycamore!

Underground Works is getting off to a great start in 2012 with some fantastic bands in January curated by Alexis Cuadrado. All shows at 8:30pm unless otherwise noted, $10 sugg. donation. Sycamore is at 1118 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn NY, Q train to Cortelyou Rd.

Sun. Jan. 8  Machinenmensch

Chris Ward, Saxophone/Compositions, Daniel Barnidge, Compositions/Arrangements, Amanda Lo, Violin, Oliver Hsu, Cello Aki Ishiguro, Guitar Jim Robertson, Bass Ryan Vaughn, Drums/Cahon

Doors at 9, show at 930pm (1 set)

Sun Jan 15 Matt Steckler's Persiflage

Matt Steckler - woodwinds Curtis Hasselbring - trombone Todd Neufeld - guitar Dave Ambrosio - bass Satoshi Takeishi - drums

Sun Jan 22 The Schoenbeck Eisenstadt Family

Mike McGinnis - clarinet Sara Schoenbeck - bassoon Marika Hughes - cello Harris Eisenstadt - drums Sun

Jan 29 The New and Old School Quintet

Arun Luthra - Sax Christopher Stover - Trombone Rory Stuart - Guitar Alexis Cuadrado - Bass TBA-Drums


04.27.2011 Brooklyn Jazz Underground presents "A Portrait of Brooklyn"

For two Sundays in May the Brooklyn Jazz Underground is proud to present "A Portrait of Brooklyn", a set of newly-commissioned compositions written by each of the members of the BJU to be performed by the BJU as a collective ensemble!

The concerts will take place on May 8th and May 15th at Sycamore, as part of our ongoing "Underground Works" concert series there on Sunday nights. As usual there will be a suggested donation of $10. The band will be:

David Smith - trumpet
Dan Pratt - reeds
Adam Kolker - reeds
Alexis Cuadrado - bass
Anne Mette Iversen - bass
Rob Garcia - drums

“A Portrait of Brooklyn” is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, inc. (BAC)

03.03.2011 Underground Works at Sycamore in March curated by Michel Gentile

Sundays at SYCAMORE starting at 8pm
1118 Cortelyou Road Brooklyn, NY 11231
T 347-240-5850

March 6th
Shane Endsley Group
Shane Endsley: trumpet
Ohad Talmor: saxophone
Steve Cardenas: guitar
Carlo DeRosa: bass
Tom Rainey: drums

March 13
Michel Gentile Trio
Michel Gentile - flute
Dan Loomis - bass
Billy Mintz - drums

March 20
John Hebert solo (one set only)
John Hebert - bass

March 27
Michel Gentile - flute, alto flute
Tony Romano - nylon string guitar

12.20.2010 Brooklyn Jazz Underground weekly show on Progressive Radio Network

Brooklyn Jazz Underground members are now hosting a weekly show on the Progressive internet Radio station. Lots of interesting insight into the creative process of all of our artists. Check it out here!

12.01.2010 "Underground Works" at Sycamore December lineup

Curated by BJU member David Smith

December 5th - Andy Gravish Quintet

Andy Gravish - trumpet
Dan Pratt - saxophone
Misha Tsiganov - piano
Howard Britz - bass
Matt Keeler - drums

December 12th - Jerome Sabbagh Quartet

Jerome Sabbagh - saxophone
Ben Monder - guitar
Joe Martin - bass
Ted Poor - drums

December 19th - David Smith Quintet

David Smith - trumpet
Dan Pratt - saxophone
Nate Radley - guitar
Gary Wang - bass
Greg Ritchie - drums

December 26th off for the holidays - returning January 2nd!

09.01.2010 Underground Works @ Sycamore!

Underground Works is a new jazz series curated by the members of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground and Connection Works. Every Sunday night, one stellar group will be presented, led by Brooklyn-based bandleader/composers. The focus of the series is to create a greater awareness of the depth of creativity in composition and improvisation that exists in Brooklyn and extends beyond the scope of any one organization. Please lend your support by coming out to hear some great music!

03.05.2010 2010 Annual BJU fesival!

March 5-7 at Cornelia St. Cafe, our annual festival and celebration of the release of BJU Sampler Vol. 4 (BJUR 013).

02.25.2010 The 4th Annual Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival


9 PM: Dave Smith Quartet

10:30 PM: Alexis Cuadrado - Quinteto Ibérico


8:30 PM: Adam Kolker Trio

9:45 PM: Sunny Jain & TABOO

11 PM: Rob Garcia 4


8:30 PM: Alan Ferber Nonet

10 PM: Dan Pratt Organ Quartet

$10/per set; $15/night (FRI, SUN), $20/night (SAT); $35/Festival Pass for all 3 nights of music.

02.24.2010 Brooklyn Jazz Underground - Volume 4

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05.31.2009 BJURecords June releases

Our sister company BJURecords are sending out their 2nd batch of releases this June, and celebrating with a 2-weekend festival at The Jazz Gallery, NYC, June 18-20 & 25-27. Visit their website: for more info.

12.22.2008 BJU Festival and CD sampler Vol 3

On January 9-11, BJU will hold their annual festival at Smalls Jazz Club. The BJU bandleaders will showcase what they are currently working on and with, and celebrate the release of the 3rd annual BJU CD sampler. Read the program on the news page.

09.19.2008 New Podcasts!

Check Out the latest 3 podcasts in our series. Dan Pratt, Tanya Kalmanovitch and Ted Poor tell us about their life, carrer, concepts and much more. Visit the Podcast Section of this website.

06.24.2008 BJU Records

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records; sister company to Brooklyn Jazz Underground, was launched with great success this spring '08. Three BJU artists, Benny Lackner, Alexis Cuadrado and Anne Mette Iversen, each released their new record on BJUR, which also manages the new Brooklyn Jazz Underground CD Sampler Vol. 2. Visit to learn more.

01.08.2008 BJU Sampler Vol 2 Now Available

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12.12.2007 2nd BJU Festival

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11.01.2007 BJU Benefit for Public Schools

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08.11.2007 BJU Launch Festival at Small's, 1/13/07

Click this headline to see a slideshow of Saturday night of our launch festival, Jan 2007!

06.01.2007 BJU Monday-night residency at the Tea Lounge

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05.19.2007 Podacst 4 is up

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03.19.2007 Podcast #3 is up!

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01.12.2007 Podcast #2 is up!

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12.07.2006 Listen to the BJU on WNYC'S SOUNDCHECK

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11.27.2006 The Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Surfaces!

The official Press Release - see the News page

11.26.2006 Brooklyn Jazz Underground on Myspace

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11.25.2006 The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Launch Festival @ Smalls, January 11-14 2007

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10.30.2006 Welcome!

Today we have a website!!!

Tue 08.12.14 08:35 amAnne Mette Iversen Quartet
Smalls Jazz Clubcover: $20

John Ellis - saxophone
Sam Yahel - piano
Jochen Rueckert - drums

Tue 08.12.14 07:30 pmDavid Smith Quintet
Smalls Jazz Clubcover: $20

David Smith :  Trumpet
John O'Gallagher - saxophone
Aruan Ortiz - piano
Gary Wang - bass
Anthony Pinciotti - drums

Tue 08.12.14 09:40 pmAdam Kolker Quartet
Smalls Jazz Clubcover: $20

Adam Kolker :  Saxophone; Woodwinds
Steve Cardenas- guitar
Matt Penman- bass
Billy Mintz- drums

Tue 08.12.14 10:45 pmDavid Cook Quintet
Smalls Jazz Clubcover: $20

David Cook :  Piano / Keyboard
David Smith :  Trumpet
John Ellis - ts
Matt Clohesy - bass
Eric Harland - drums

Thu 08.14.14 07:00 pmTammy Scheffer Sextet
Shapeshifter Labcover: $15

Tammy Scheffer :  Voice
John O'Gallagher- alto
Dan Pratt- tenor
Chris Ziemba- piano
Daniel Foose- bass
Ronen Itzik- drums

Thu 08.14.14 08:15 pmRob Garcia 4
Shapeshifter Labcover: $15

Rob Garcia :  Drums
Noah Preminger - tenor saxophone
John Stetch - piano
Matt Pavolka - bass

Thu 08.14.14 09:30 pmBrooklyn Jazz Underground Ensemble
Shapeshifter Labcover: $15

Adam Kolker :  Saxophone; Woodwinds
David Smith :  Trumpet
Tammy Scheffer :  Voice
David Cook :  Piano / Keyboard
Anne Mette Iversen :  Bass
Owen Howard :  Drums and cymbals
Rob Garcia :  Drums