New York is a place where everyone crams everything in, and for the past several years, the Winter Jazzfest has been one of the most stuffed situations around. With more than 70 acts taking over a scad of Village venues for two nights, the Bleecker Street stomping ground (largely between Sullivan and LaGuardia) becomes a temporary beehive of musicians and fans pinging from one show to another—a dizzying effect is inherent to the program’s design, and if it errs, it’s on the side of excitement. This time around, an intergenerational who’s who marks the action. Meaning Lee Konitz, Andrew Cyrille, and Monty Alexander share nightly bills with Brandon Seabrook, Logan Richardson, and Yosvany Terry. All are enticing. The year 2013 turns out to be a supersize annum as well: Two new venues add to the hubbub down toward Bowery. Don’t be shy to amble: Between the Fringe, Kneebody, Michael Formanek, and Mario Pavone, there are plenty of reasons to stroll the new wing. Friday and Saturday, go to winterjazzfest.com for complete information on venues and schedule.
Fri., Jan. 11, 8 p.m., 2013