November 23, 2020




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Jazz Arts Project is pleased to present "Mondays with Mooche" - a weekly curation of lectures, Q & A panels, and listening sessions featuring noted jazz luminaries and surprise guests hosted by Jazz Arts Project Artistic Director, Joe "Mooche" Muccioli.

Monday, November 23, 7:00 pm 

Cecil Brooks III


A contemporary drummer and aggressive, polyrhythmic stylist, Cecil Brooks, III hails from Pittsburgh, PA. At the tender age of 5, his father, jazz drummer Cecil Brooks Jr. guided his music education beginning  by introducing him to the music of Art BlakeyMax Roach, and Philly Joe Jones, et al.

After attending Mt. Aloysius College and Duquesne University Cecil moved to the New York City area to begin a busy career performing with great artists such as Houston Person and Etta Jones.  Nat AdderleyTerence Blanchard, Andrew Hill, Mingus Dynasty/Big Band, David Murray, and so many others. He has appeared on perhaps hundreds of recordings both as a leader and as a side man.

Cecil was the founder and proprietor of Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange, New Jersey.  In this club he crafted a sense of a jazz community not only of jazz loving patrons but of many area musicians including top pros as well as up and coming newbies.  He mentored many young musicians and gave them opportunities, encouragement and guidance.  In 2005 ABC's Nightline featured his Monday Night Big Band. Cecil has been the subject of many articles and reviews in Jazziz, Down BeatModern DrummerJazzTimes, and The New York Times.