Summer may be known as festival season, but for the last few years, the NYC Winter Jazzfest has turned a chilly January evening into a one-night whirl of activity. This years bash boasts a typically terrific program, but theres a twist: Instead of using a single venue, its claiming three. For 10 hours, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, and Kennys Castaways house a bounty of improvisers that stretches from demonstrative drummers (Will Calhoun and Dafnis Prieto) to sly pianists (Lafayette Gilchrist and Robert Glasper) to space-funk kingpins (Marco Benevento and the Jacob Fred Odyssey). With 20 acts on the program, full absorption can be dizzying, but theres a specific thrill in clocking the nonstop parade of ensembleseven if youre there to graze, youll get a jolt. On the must-see list? New groups from Jeff Watts and Orrin Evans, and Don Byrons Ivey-Divey trio. Correctly plan your zigzag across Bleecker Street, and thrills should abound.
Sat., Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2009