NYC Winter Jazzfest

158 Bleecker St
New York NY  10012

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NYC Winter Jazzfest

Thursday January 5th - Tuesday January 10th
Celebrating our 13th year!

Tentative Lineup, subject to change...


Artist in Residence: Dave King
Al Strong
Alicia Hall Moran with Brandon Ross
Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers
Ben Williams & Sound Effect
Bill Laswell
Brandon Seabrook Power Plant
Bumper Jacksons
Burnt Quarktet plays Ornette, Sunny, and Wayne
Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
Channeling Coltrane - Rova's Electric Ascension with Nels Cline
Charenee Wade Group: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Chris Morrissey's Standard Candle (w/ Mike Lewis)
Chris Speed Trio
Chris Washburne's Acid Mambo Project
Christian McBride
Christian Sands
Colin Stetson
Cory Henry
Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits
Cyrus Chestnut's African Reflections
Dave King Trucking Company
Dave King Vector Families
Dawn of Midi
Dayna Stephens: 3wi featuring Sam Yahel
DJ Mark de Clive Lowe
DJ Raydar Ellis
Don Byron Quartet
Dr. Lonnie Smith’s Evolution
Evan Christopher's Clarinet Road featuring Hilary Gardner
Fabian Almazan w/ Rhizome
Forro In The Dark Plays Zorn
Frank Catalano
GoGo Penguin
Gordon Au's Grand St Stompers with Tamar Korn and Molly Ryan
Gregoire Maret and Inner Voices, with guest Jean Baylor
Happy Apple
Hollar & Bam
Ibrahim Maalouf
James Brandon Lewis
James Carney Sextet
James Francies’ Kinetic
James “Blood” Ulmer
Jay Rodriguez Evolutions
Jeff Lederer's Brooklyn Blowhards play Albert Ayler and songs of the sea
Jim Black Trio
Joey Arias: Basic Black
Jon-Erik Kellso & The Earegulars
Jose James
Julian Lage Trio
Kaki King
Kamasi Washington
Keyon Harold
Kris Bowers
Lakecia Benjamin
Makaya McCraven
Marc Cary's Indigenous People
Mark de Clive Lowe's CHURCH
Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet
Matana Roberts
Maurice Brown
Michael Mwenso & Brianna Thomas Louis & Ella tribute
Mike Davis' New Wonders
Monty Alexander and The Harlem Kingston Express
Nicole Henry
No BS!
Nublu Orchestra
OGJB Quartet w/ Oliver Lake, Graham Haynes, Joe Fonda, Barry Altshul
Ohad Talmor Large Ensemble
Oscar Noriega Quartet
Pedrito Martinez
Red Baraat
Reid Anderson with Andrew D'Angelo & Bill McHenry
Rene Marie
Rez Abbasi's Junction
Rhythm Future Quartet
Sarah Neufeld & Colin Stetson
Sarah Vaughan & Clifford Brown Reimagined ft. Russell Gunn
Shai Maestro Trio
Sharel Cassity & Elektra
SK Kakraba (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
Slingbaum's Ravel Reimagined
Sofia Rei
Stéphane Belmondo
Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen
Takuya Kuroda
Tatiana Eva-Marie & The Avalon Jazz Band
Terrace Martin
The Ex
Theo Croker
Tierney Sutton
Tom McDermott
Tongues in Trees
Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien duo
Véronique Hermann Sambin & Xavier Richardeau
Will Calhoun Celebrating Elvin Jones
Yosvany Terry

ECM at WJF: A Celebration of ECM Records, featuring...
Avishai Cohen
Ches Smith / Craig Taborn / Mat Maneri
Chris Potter Quartet
Craig Taborn
David Torn
David Virelles' Mboko
Ethan Iverson / Mark Turner Duo
Mark Turner Quartet
Michael Formanek Large Ensemble
Ralph Alessi Quartet
Theo Bleckmann Group
Tim Berne Group
Vijay Iyer Trio

plus many more TBA!

The NYC WINTER JAZZFEST turns 12 years old in 2016. The festival will feature over 120 different groups including more than 600 musicians over five days on 12 stages in and around Greenwich Village from January 13th through January 17th, 2016. Winter Jazzfest upholds the continued mission to showcase top quality jazz to industry professionals, avid jazz fans, and new audiences.

Winter Jazzfest was established in 2005 with the goal of introducing underexposed artists – those that impacted the jazz scene of that period – to professional presenters attending the Arts Presenters Conference (APAP). At that time, jazz groups were underrepresented, although they were (and remain) culturally essential to the continued development and future of the music and audiences. Winter Jazzfest is pleased to continue our mission fostering audience growth in jazz and offering a forum for presenters and music enthusiasts to experience and support the future of jazz.

Winter Jazzfest has showcased artists including Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Henry Threadgill, The Bad Plus, David Murray, Jason Moran, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Medeski, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Don Byron, Dave Douglas, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Nicholas Payton, Vijay Iyer, Anat Cohen, Robert Glasper, JD Allen, Gretchen Parlato, Jenny Scheinman, Jonathan Batiste, Kneebody, So Percussion, Darcy James Argue, Ambrose Akinmusire, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Mary Halvorson, and hundreds more that, today, thrive in a richer and more energized music scene.

In this 12th Year, Winter Jazzfest spans 5 nights of unique programming. The kick-off concert on Wednesday January 13th celebrates collective creativity as a whole, featuring three groups that don't have a designated leader. The Ex travel from Amsterdam on the shoulders of a 30+ year career of musical evolution, from the punk world and gathering experience and influences from Ethiopian funk to improvised jazz. Bill Laswell and Colin Stetson have their own rich histories as solo performers and ensemble members, and at this show their minds, fingers and breaths will meet as one. Happy Apple were born in the late 90's in Minneapolis, and feature WJF artist in residence Dave King, as well as saxophonist Mike Lewis and bassist Erik Fratzke, coming back together for a rare New York / planet Earth appearance.

On Thursday January 14th Winter Jazzfest welcomes Kamasi Washington and guests to Webster Hall. Set down an inspiring musical path by his father, musician, and educator Rickey Washington, Kamasi was constantly surrounded with music and consumed it with heart and head. It became clear early on that jazz would be his life’s quest with the saxophone as his voice. That voice has developed and matured into a unique yet redemptive soul stirring sound with nods to the spirits of John Coltrane, Sun Ra, and Weather Report. Riding high on deserved accolades from his 2015 release of "The Epic" on Brainfeeder, and recent sold out concerts in NYC and beyond, LA-based Kamasi Washington energizes audiences with his strong anthemic sound that is both delightfully overwhelming and fully immersive.

The signature Winter Jazzfest Marathon is scheduled for Friday January 15th and Saturday January 16th. This two-night event straddles venues on the North and South ends of Greenwich Village, taking over five stages at The New School and six stages South of Washington Square Park including returning venues Le Poisson Rouge, Judson Memorial Church, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, Greenwich House Music School, and an added stage at the Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR. More than 100 groups will perform over the two nights including returning festival performers Amir Elsaffar, Jose James, Takuya Kuroda, Marc Cary, Lakecia Benjamin, Dawn of Midi, Cyrus Chestnut, Julian Lage, Sexmob and more. Winter Jazzfest is pleased to showcase performers making their festival debuts including Chargaux, Gogo Penguin, Cory Henry, James Francies, Sarah Neufeld, and jazz veterans Christian McBride and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Other new projects will include Burnt Sugar performing the music of Ornette Coleman, Sun-Ra, and Wayne Shorter, and Joey Arias’s Basic Black. Continuing a tradition of supporting like-minded jazz presenters Winter Jazzfest is pleased to again feature the unique programming visions of Revive Music and New York Hot Jazz Festival who will each curate their own stages during these two-nights.

On Sunday January 17th the festival will close with a John Coltrane project by San Francisco Bay Area saxophone quartet Rova. With an all-star cast of New York improvisers celebrating the DVD/BluRay release of Channeling Coltrane, Rova presents a NY premiere performance of their Electric Ascension – a 21st century reimagining of John Coltrane’s late master work Ascension. Famed for its monumental scale and raw emotional power, John Coltrane’s milestone recording, Ascension, was released on LP 50 years ago in 1966. It now gets a 21st century reimagining and arrangement by Rova, and its first NY show at Winter Jazzfest, featuring special guests Nels Cline (who has appeared in all but one of Rova’s 11 performances of this show since 2003), Zeena Parkins, Nate Wooley, Ikue Mori, Trevor Dunn, Gerald Cleaver, Charles Burnham and Jason Kao Hwang, plus the four Rova stalwarts on saxophones. True to Coltrane’s intentions, the sonic landscape of Electric Ascension changes with every performance, depending on the cast of musicians, and the tenor of the moment. Expect this band to take the music to places it has never been before.

Winter Jazzfest 2016 is pleased to partner with ECM Records. ECM and Winter Jazzfest will present 13 projects of ECM Records artists over two evenings. Although renowned as the preeminent record label of progressive European jazz, ECM Records built its early reputation with a potent roster of American musicians. If the ECM pendulum swung naturally to Europe in subsequent decades the balance has been more even in recent years with the label now presenting a second wave of American jazz stars. Avishai Cohen, Chris Potter, Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer are just four of thirteen leaders who will present music from recent and upcoming albums. The ECM Records showcases at Winter Jazzfest will take place at The New School on January 14th and 15th.

For the 2016 season Winter Jazzfest is also pleased to partner with The School of Jazz at New School where artists will showcase on multiple stages. The School of Jazz at The New School, founded in 1986, is one of the most influential institutions of its kind. The quality and uniqueness of the school lie in its artist-as-mentor approach to learning, its prog

Winter Jazzfest upholds the continued mission to showcase top quality jazz to industry professionals, avid jazz fans, and new audiences.

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