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Jazz Composers Festival

Last year, the Jazz Composers Collective celebrated its 10th anniversary. From March 11 to 17, however, the group will celebrate its third annual festival at the Jazz Standard in New York City. How are those two events related, you ask? They aren’t; I was just struggling for an opener.

The Jazz Composers Collective is a nonprofit, musician-run organization dedicated to creating and performing new works. The Collective has presented more than 100 concerts, featuring 50 composers, nearly 200 musicians and several hundred compositions. Expect many more composers, musicians and compositions during the Collective’s weeklong stay at the Standard, which looks a lot like this:
Tuesday, March 11

Ben Allison (pictured) & Medicine Wheel (7:30 pm)

Michael Blake’s Elevated Quartet (9:30 pm)

Wednesday, March 12

Ron Horton Quartet (7:30 pm)

Frank Kimbrough Trio (9:30 pm)

Thursday, March 13

7:30PM – Frank Kimbrough Trio (7:30 pm)

Frank Kimbrough / Joe Locke Duo (9:30 pm)

Friday, March 14

Ben Allison’s Peace Pipe (7:30 & 9:30 pm)

Herbie Nichols Project (11:30 pm)

Saturday, March 15

Ted Nash & Still Evolved (7:30 & 9:30 pm)

Herbie Nichols Project (11:30 pm)

Sunday, March 16

Michael Blake’s Eulipion Orchestra (7:30 & 9:30 pm)

The Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th Street. For more info on the Jazz Composers Collective, visit

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