Some say it’s grown too much and is officially overwhelming. Others say overwhelming is the only way to go. After a decade in business, Winter JazzFest is a cornerstone event for the local improv community, kicking off each year with a tsunami of talent that uses jazz as a starting point for a variety of stylistic approaches. From skronk to unk-fay, everything is covered. This year widens the calendar to five nights and includes a few new venues. Very cool single shows (such as Bobby Previte) act as a ramp-up to the blistering beehive that is the two-night marathon dominating the Bleecker Street area. Shows you shouldn’t miss include Ben Goldberg, Blue Cranes, Thiefs, Nate Wooley, and Henry Threadgill’s nod to his pal Butch Morris. Starts today, through January 11, at various venues. For more information, visit

Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 7. Continues through Jan. 11, 2014