The 2011 NYC Winter Jazzfest Announces Dates, Venues, Several Dozen Artists


As 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 inexplicably angling to hear tough, ambitious downtown jazz. 2011’s slate is set for January 7-8 at Le Poisson Rouge, Kenny’s Castaways, Zinc Bar, Sullivan Hall, and Bitter End; tickets are on sale Friday, $25 per day, $35 for the both of ’em. As with globalFEST, you are guaranteed to encounter something you haven’t heard before but will be very glad you did — maybe this year it’ll be, uh, Mike Pride’s From Bacteria To Boys. To that end, here’s the early lineup:

Aaron Goldberg

Aethereal Base

Alex Han Band

Amina Figarova

Anat Cohen Quartet with Jason Lindner

Andrew D’Angelo’s AGOGIC

Andy Emler

Asphalt Orchestra

Bad Touch

Captain Black Big Band

Carmen Souza

Charles Gayle Trio

Charlie Hunter

Chico Hamilton

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth

Chris Speed’s YeahNO

Dayna Kurtz

Derrick Hodge

Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet

Donny McCaslin Trio

Eric Legnini

Igmar Thomas & The Cypher

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Jacob Garchik Trio

James Carney Group

Jamie Baum

Jason Lindner’s NOW vs NOW

Jean-Michel Pilc

Jen Shyu

Kenneth Whalhum Quartet

Marcus Strickland Quartet

Matana Roberts

Maurice Brown Effect

Mike Pride’s From Bacteria To Boys

Miles Okazaki / Damion Reed / Guillaume Peret

MILK & JADE by Dana Leong

Nels Cline’s Stained Radiance

Nguyen Le

Portico Quartet

Proverb Trio featuring Dafnis Prieto, Kokayi & Jason Lindner

RedCred w/ John Medeski, Ben Perowsky and Chris Speed

Sameer Gupta’s Namaskar

Shane Endsley Group

Sofia Rei Koutsovitis

Steve Coleman and Five Elements

The Curtis Brothers

The Respect Sextet

The Robert Glasper Experiment

Tineke Postma (U)nity

Vernon Reid’s Artificial Afrika

Water Surgeons

and more TBA…