For the tenth anniversary of the Winter Jazz Festival, organizers have pulled together one of the strongest lineups in festival history to mark the occasion. Bringing together more than 80 acts across eight different venues with music stretching for almost 18 hours between both days, you’re going to want to buckle your seatbelt and do your best to experience as much as you possibly can.
Friday’s “can’t miss” acts are all over the place; however, if you don’t mind running around the Village, check out these for some of my personal favorites:
- Nat Baldwin of the Dirty Projectors — 7:30 p.m. — Judson Church
- Gary Bartz Quartet —9 p.m. — Groove
- Jeff “Tain” Watts and Lionel Loueke — 9:45 pm. — Le Poisson Rouge
- Burnt Sugar Arkestra Review with Melvin Van Peebles, Vernon Reid & Rebellum — 11:15 p.m. — The Bitter End
- 3rd Eye 4tet with McPherson, Waits, Burton, Hurt — 11:30 p.m. — Zinc Bar
- Gizmo with Casey Benjamin — 12:45 a.m. — Groove
Saturday features three more venues and another complement of great acts. Here are some selected highlights:
- Wicked Knee — 9:00 p.m. — Bowery Electric
- EYEBONE: Nels Cline and Jim Black — 10:30 p.m. — NYU Law
- Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog with Mary Halvorson — 11:45 p.m. — Judson Church
- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey — 12:15 a.m. — Le Poisson Rouge
- The NEXT Collective — 12:30 a.m. — The Blue Note
- ABRAXAS – John Zorn’s Book of Angels by Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz — 1:30 a.m. — Subculture
As with any festival, part of the fun is walking up to a stage or venue and not knowing what to expect. Feel free to heed my recommendations, or ignore all of them, as the way this is set up is very “choose your own adventure.” One thing is certain, it’s hard to go wrong at this fantastic event.