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2017 NYC Winter Jazzfest Scheduled for Jan. 5-10

Celebrating its 13th season

Pharoah Sanders will kick off the 2017 NYC Winter Jazzfest on Jan. 5
British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings will perform with Pharoah Sanders at the NYC Winter Jazzfest
Jason Moran & the Bandwagon will present a program of Monk compositions at the NYC Winter Jazzfest

Now in its 13th year, the NYC Winter Jazzfest, scheduled for Jan. 5-10, will feature performances by 150-plus groups consisting of over 500 artists on 14 stages throughout Downtown Manhattan, including avant-garde saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, who will kick off the festival along with British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his group of South African musicians the Ancestors, as well as this year’s Artist-in-Residence, drummer-composer Andrew Cyrille, who is confirmed to play a duo set with Bill McHenry.

This year, the NYC Winter Jazzfest, which was founded by Brice Rosenbloom, will “directly address some of the bleak realities of our nation,” according to the event’s press release. Performances will be held to honor the Black Lives Matter movement; artists such as Craig Harris’ Breathe, Amina Claudine Myers, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, Earth Wind & Brown and Samora Pinderhughes “will offer their own takes on racial profiling, police brutality and the broken criminal justice system.”

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