From January 8 to 18, New York was the undisputed center of the jazz universe as NYC Winter Jazzfest returned for its 16th annual season. As usual, the festival featured a two-day marathon (January 10 and 11), with dozens of artists performing at a variety of locations in downtown Manhattan. And this year’s WJF artist-in-residence, drummer/composer Mark Guiliana, presented seven nights of performances, with a different project every night. A few of the many other highlights included sets by Joey Alexander, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Jaimie Branch, and a tribute to trumpeter Marcus Belgrave featuring Ron Carter, Sheila Jordan, Louis Hayes, and many more. Photographer Alan Nahigian captured the action.
Ingrid Laubrock at the Steve Dalachinsky Celebration, Nuyorican Poets Cafe (photo: Alan Nahigian)