Six venues right in the Village, more than 70 acts performing all night long and lot of fun. This is NYC Winter Jazzfest, the hottest winter jazz festival taking place in New York January 11th and 12th.
The first edition was held in 2005 as a series of concerts to accompany the annual mid-winter convention of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (that brings together promoters, agents, publicists and programmers). Starting with back-to-back sets by a dozens of the top musicians in progressive jazz, the event has been expanding its line-up year after year. Piano-sensational player and JJA Award winner Vijay Iyer, alto sax master Rudresh Mahanthappa, JJA’s Trumpeter of the Year Ambrose Akinmusire and tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen are only a few of the acts that have performed during the years.
The 2013 edition of NYC Winter Jazzfest will host shows by Gregory Porter and Catherine Russell, two of the most touching contemporary jazz singers and Montreal-based bass sax player Colin Stetson, mostly known for his work with artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne and bands like Arcade Fire and Bon Iver. Then there will be bassist Felix Pastorius, son of the legendary Jaco Pastorius, Texas-born trombonist Frank Lacy, sax player Marcus Strickland and Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, famous for his performances with Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown and Milt Jackson. These are only some of the 70 (and more, check the full programme here) acts that will bring class A jazz in the heart of New York City.
48 hours of music, six venues and more than 70 performing musicians…this is NYC Winter Jazzfest. What better way to cope with the Big Apple’s cold winter than some very hot live jazz?