Winter Jazzfest, now in its 18th year as an annual event in NYC, has announced programming for its 2022 edition, taking place at various venues in the city Jan. 13-22. In addition to the “Marathon Nights” on Jan. 14 and 15, a veritable club crawl that features nearly 100 groups performing sets at a dozen venues, the festival will be hosting various special events, including premieres by artist-in-residence Angel Bat Dawid, Pino Palladino & Blake Mills, Jaimie Branch, Fay Victor, and Kate Gentile. On Jan. 16, Questlove will host a screening of his documentary film Summer of Soul at Roulette, along with a multi-artist night called “The Feel Good Party” at House of Yes in Brooklyn. For the opening-night event at City Winery (Jan. 13), Terence Blanchard, along with his E-Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet, will present “Absence,” a celebration of the legacy and influence of his mentor, Wayne Shorter.
As the artist-in-residence, Dawid will DJ that same opening-night event. Four days later (Jan. 17), she will premiere her “Afro-Town Topics: A Mythical Afrofuturist Revue,” a piece inspired by Fats Waller that mixes a traditional musical revue with “Afro sonic realities and futures.” She will also perform with her Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty during the Marathon.
M3 (Mutual Mentorship for Musicians), an organization co-founded by Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa, will host its inaugural residency in a program funded by South Arts. In an effort to address gender inequity and underrepresentation in jazz and creative music, the residency will present 21 women and non-binary bandleaders during the festival. Participants include Samantha Boshnack, Romarna Campbell, Caroline Davis, Miriam Elhajli, Ganavya, Eden Girma, Val Inc. AKA Val Jeanty, Maya Keren, Erica Lindsay, Lesley Mok, Camila Nebbia, Shanta Nurullah, Cleo Reed, Michele Rosewoman, Sara Serpa, Jen Shyu, Monnette Sudler, Anjna Swaminathan, Sumi Tonooka, Fay Victor, and Malika Zarra.
Noted BBC Radio host and producer Gilles Peterson will present a filmed showcase of emerging talent from the U.K. jazz scene, shown virtually during the festival.
“Especially in these trying times we all deserve and need the positive energy of feel-good music,” Winter Jazzfest founder Brice Rosenbloom said in a press release received at JazzTimes. “In the spirit of celebrating Black American Music, we are committed to supporting musicians that have contributed to keeping us all musically medicated and inspired during the pandemic.”
The festival will adhere to New York State COVID mandates, including proof of vaccination for attendees and staff and mask-wearing for staff.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.
Here is the list of confirmed artists for Winter Jazzfest 2022:
Angel Bat Dawid (Artist-in-Residence)
Antonio Sánchez – A Bad Hombre Project
Ben LaMar Gay
Chien Chien Lu
Code-Switch with Nasheet Waits, JD Allen, Eric Revis
Connie Han Trio
Dave Harrington Pranksters East
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Gilles Peterson (virtual)
Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade
In Common: Walter Smith III and Matt Stevens featuring Kris Davis/Harish Raghavan/Terri Lyne Carrington
James “Blood” Ulmer
James Brandon Lewis
James Francies, Joel Ross, Blaque Dynamite
Marc Ribot Trio
Nate Smith +KINFOLK
Pino Palladino and Blake Mills featuring Sam Gendel and Abraham Rounds
Rudresh Mahanthappa Hero Trio
Samora Pinderhughes GRIEF
Sarah Elizabeth Charles SCOPE
Shai Maestro Quartet
Sistazz of The Nitty Gritty
Steph Richards +Supersense
SuperBlue: Kurt Elling featuring Charlie Hunter
Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet
Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science
The Bad Plus
The Jazz Gallery All-Stars
Tim Berne Duo with Gregg Belisle-Chi
Val Inc. AKA Val Jeanty