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Initial Lineup Announced for Winter Jazzfest 2023

The Sun Ra Arkestra, Terri Lyne Carrington, Samora Pinderhughes, and a tribute to jaimie branch will be among the highlights

Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen leading the Sun Ra Arkestra at the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival (photo: Marek Lazarski)

New York’s Winter Jazzfest has announced the first wave of its 2023 schedule, which takes place across the week of January 12-18 in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Taking place in person for the first time since January 2020, the festival in 2023 will be smaller than usual.

The festival’s centerpiece, its two-night multi-venue marathon, will this year be split across boroughs, with Friday, January 13 taking place in Manhattan and Saturday, January 14 in Brooklyn. The Manhattan marathon will include seven venues (Le Poisson Rouge, City Winery, City Winery Loft, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, Nublu, and The Jazz Gallery), as will the Brooklyn marathon (Brooklyn Opera House, Brooklyn Bowl, Superior Ingredients, Baby’s All Right, National Sawdust, Loove Labs, Club Curious). The marathon will include tributes to the late jazz producer and promoter Meghan Stabile, and to the very much alive saxophonist and bandleader Marshall Allen.

Other events during the festival will include the live premiere of Terri Lyne Carrington’s New Standards project and a French jazz showcase, both on January 12; a tribute to trumpeter and composer jaimie branch on January 15; Samora Pinderhughes’ multimedia project Grief & Process and a live listening and interpretation of Pharoah Sanders’ Elevation led by multi-instrumentalist Nate Mercereau, both on January 17; and a program (still in progress) of jazz talks on the afternoons of January 15-17.

Early bird tickets are now available. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit the Winter Jazzfest website.

Below is the initial list of artists participating in Winter Jazzfest 2023, presented in alphabetical order.

Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days
Alfredo Colon
Avishai Cohen Quartet
Ben Wendel
Black Lives: From Generation to Generation
Brandee Younger
Caroline Davis
Chase Elodia
Chris Lightcap’s ‘Superette Deluxe’
Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn’s ‘Pigments’
Donny McCaslin
Doug Wamble
Emile Parisien ‘Louise’
Endea Owens
Gilles Peterson
Ghost Funk Orchestra
Halvorson/Courvoisier Duo
Immanuel Wilkins
Irreversible Entanglements
Isaiah Collier
Jamaaladeen Tacuma
JaRon Marshall
Joel Ross ‘Parables’
Julius Rodriguez
Lakecia Benjamin
Linda May Han Oh
Makaya McCraven
Marta Sanchez
Maurice Brown
Miho Hazama
Nate Mercereau
Nathalie Joachim
New Standards Live curated by Terri Lyne Carrington
Orrin Evans Trio
Pete Rock
Photay with Carlos Niño
DJ Alissia
DJ Raydar Ellis
Reid Anderson
Revive Big Band w/ Louis Cato
Rich Ruth
Samara Joy
Samora Pinderhughes ‘Grief & Process’
Sara Serpa ‘Intimate Strangers’
Sarah Elizabeth Charles
Sun Ra Arkestra
Surya Botofasina
Susan Carol
Takuya Kuroda
Vincent Peirani ‘Jokers’
Yamandu Costa
Zoh Amba