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NYC Winter Jazzfest Announces Initial Lineup

11th annual event will feature more than 400 musicians, Jan. 8-10

David Murray
Bria Skonberg

The 11th NYC Winter Jazzfest will take place Jan 8-10, with more than 100 groups (including more than 400 musicians) performing at nearly a dozen Manhattan venues. (The event coincides with the Jazz Connect Conference, co-organized by JazzTimes.)

According to a press release, highlights will include, on Jan. 8, Blue Note Now!, featuring the Robert Glasper Trio; Jose James Presents Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday; Derrick Hodge; and Kendrick Scott Oracle at Le Poisson Rouge. Also that night WJF will support a benefit concert, Jazz Legends for Disability Pride with legendary musicians Ron Carter, Renee Rosnes, Russell Malone, Brad Mehldau, George Coleman, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Peter Bernstein and more. (More details about Disability Pride NYC are found at Disability Pride.)

On January 9 and 10 top shows include three different David Murray performances: a revue including a clarinet summit with Murray being joined by Don Byron, Hamiet Bluiett and David Krakauer; Murray’s Infinity Quartet with special guest Saul Williams; and a trio project with Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Winter Jazzfest is also bringing over the ICP Orchestra over from Amsterdam. According to the release, “The ensemble has been constantly evolving since 1967 and their performances are a uniquely personal blend of the improvised and the composed, reflecting the adventure, spirit and humor within every member of the large group. ICP founder Han Bennik will also appear at Winter Jazzfest in duo formation with New York pianist Uri Caine, and multiple members of ICP will perform at the Improvised Round Robin Duets. These performances are supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, by the Netherland America Foundation, and Fonds Podiumkunsten.”

The full Winter Jazzfest schedule will be posted here soon. As of now, the tentative lineup includes Alfredo Rodríguez Trio, Alicia Olatuja, Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, Amina Claudine Myers Trio, Andrew D’Angelo’s Sounds Like Fun, Anthony Pirog, Arturo O’Farrill Sextet, Bria Skonberg, the Campbell Brothers-A Sacred Steel Love Supreme, David Murray Clarinet Summit w/ Don Byron, David Krakauer and Hamiet Bluiett, David Murray Infinity Quartet with Saul Williams, David Murray w/ Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington, Derrick Hodge, Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas, Hadar Noiberg Trio, ICP Orchestra, JD Allen Trio w/Gregg August & Rudy Royston, Jose James presents “Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday,” Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Kneebody + Daedelus, Kris Davis’ Infrasound, Mark Turner Quartet, Michael Bates’ Northern Spy, Lionel Loueke Trio, Robert Glasper Trio, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls (The Charlie Parker Project), Ryan Keberle Catharsis, SFJAZZ Collective: Originals and the Music of Michael Jackson, So Percussion feat. Man Forever, Strange and Beautiful: The Music of John Lurie and The Lounge Lizards,Taylor Eigsti’s Free Agency, Theo Bleckmann Quartet, Todd Clouser A Love Electric, Travis Laplante’s Battle Trance, TRIO 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille) w/ special guest TBA, Troker, Uri Caine/Han Bennik Duo, and Zongo Junction.

Single-day, two-day, and full festival passes will be available for purchase this Friday (November 21) at 10:00 a.m. Ticket links are available at Winter Jazzfest.

2015 Winter Jazzfest Participating Venues

Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street NYC

Minetta Lane Theater, 18-22 Minetta Lane NYC

Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South NYC

The Players Theater, 115 Macdougal Street NYC

Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St, NYC

Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street NYC

The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street NYC

Subculture, 45 Bleecker Street NYC

Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery NYC

Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker Street NYC

The Quaker’s Friends Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place NYC

Check Winter Jazzfest for the full lineup, schedule updates, and more details.

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