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Winter Jazzfest It grows and grows. The 10th anniversary Winter Jazzfest spans five nights (Jan. 7-11), nine venues and over 90 bands. There'll be three standalone concerts and two back-to-back marathons (6pm-4am) with hugely impressive lineups. A quick glimpse reveals the names Gary Bartz, Darcy Ja ... More >>
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In her autobiography I Put a Spell on You, Nina Simone recalled the Greenwich Village of the '50s and '60s as a scene where beboppers, folkies, blues devotees and bohemians of all stripes would seek out their music in close proximity. Decades later, Winter Jazzfest takes stock of a new historical mo ... More >>
Revive Big Band with Pharoahe Monch Blue Note Monday, August 27 Better than: Thinking about the GOP convention. "Simon says, get the fuck up! Y'all heard me, get the FUCK up!!" Street versifier Pharoahe Monch has yelled those words countless times since "Simon Says" broke him big back at the turn ... More >>
Nicholas Payton with Gary Bartz, Marcus Strickland, Ben Wolfe, Orrin Evans, and Touré Birdland Thursday, January 5 Better than: Having a "discussion" on the Internet. If Nicholas Payton had it his way, the venue where he moderated a discussion last nightBirdlandwould not be known a ... More >>
Vernon Reid, up to somethingWithout a guide, Winter Jazzfest can make you pretty crazy. On Friday and Saturday night, five venues -- Le Poisson Rouge, Zinc Bar, Kenny's Castaways, Sullivan Hall, and the Bitter End -- will feature a total of 68 short sets (new performers take the stage every h ... More >>
Robert Glasper, bringing along his continuing ExperimentAs we have previously opined, January's annual two-day Winter Jazzfest is one of the season's signature live-music events, packing an ever-expanding number of downtown clubs (five this year) with an ever-expanding cabal of folks inexplic ... More >>
Revive Da Live brings in both crowds . . . very, very carefully
Bernie Worrell and SociaLybrium doing "Super Stupid" a few days back Undead Jazzfest (Le) Poisson Rouge/Kenny's Castaways/Sullivan Hall Saturday, June 12 Just as the Vision Festival furthers its avant brand with smaller annual productions, the Winter Jazzfest braintrust expanded its reach this pa ... More >>
Echoes of Basie, Mingus, Tyner, etc., with chops and abstractions all their own
Innovation reigns, from 36-CD retrospectives to the Hüsker Dü of free jazz
More fun with freshly revived old masters and wily young students