Corn. U. Copia. You know, like overabundance, like variety, like horn o’ plenty. The annual Winter Jazzfest swamps an array of venues in the Village — the kind of gathering that can make even the most dedicated fan a bit dizzy. With over a decade of victories under its belt, this year the fest adds more venues and more artists. That mandates more decisions, of course. It’s 11:15 on Friday; are you planting yourself at Marc Ribot & the Young Philadelphians, Kris Davis’s INFRASOUND, or Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life? Obviously not an affair for hand-wringers. You’ve gotta make a choice and act in order to claim prime real estate at each space. How else to absorb the myriad subgenres, from drummer Dafnis Prieto’s Cuban-slanted fusion to guitarist Anthony Pirog’s progtastic dreamscapes to the Vandermark-Wooley reed-brass abstractions? The 2015 don’t-miss event seems obvious: the ICP Orchestra, in from Amsterdam to blow minds and tickle funny bones (grab their new East of the Sun immediately). And hats off to Andrew D’Angelo for the slate’s most appropriate band name: The entire weekend, after all, Sounds Like Fun.
Jan. 8-10, 8 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 7, 2015