Its a circus that ignites the local jazz landscape for two long nights. But better, the Winter Jazz Fest is also a sparkplug of sorts, a chance for everyone on the scene to stand shoulder to shoulder and dig sounds, spout opinions, and grab a glimpse of the artistic manna thats with us all year long. The deal? Five venues, 60 acts, and an omni-stylistic approach that makes room for plugged and unplugged, swing and skronk, vets, and newbies. Theres no room for full recommendations here, but I wouldnt sleep on Five Elementsthey fried a few minds last year. And this is first gig for Chris Lightcaps Big Mouth since its Deluxe earned lots of love on year-end critics lists. Grab a coffee and stay at the Bitter End until the bitter end (Noah Preminger is worth waiting for).
Fri., Jan. 7; Sat., Jan. 8, 2011