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Photos by Greg Cristman

The Ex / Colin Stetson @ LPR 1/13/2016
The Ex
Colin Stetson & Bill Laswell

Winter Jazzfest is underway in NYC, and among the shows on opening night (2/13) was this eclectic bill of acts with punk and jazz roots at Le Poisson Rouge, headlined by long-running Dutch anarcho collective The Ex. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.

The night began with trio Happy Apple, who played a great set of punky free jazz that featured terrific playing by the drummer and saxophonist. Next up was a collaborative set from Colin Stetson and Bill Laswell. Stetson showed off his maniacal circular breathing techniques on the sax, barely coming up for air, accompanied by Laswell's bass sonics. The room cleared out a bit after Stetson, but those who stayed got to witness The Ex's spectacular headlining set: lively, punky, even humorous and incredibly fun. A near-perfect night.

The Ex play Winter Jazzfest again tonight (1/15) at The Greene Space, a show that also features Alicia Hall Moran with Brandon Ross, plus Dither and Chargaux. Tickets, which get you into any Winter Jazzfest event tonight, are still available.

More pics from the LPR show, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Charles Burnham
Charles Burnham

Great violinist Charles Burnham, who has played with everyone from Living Colour to Medeski Martin and Wood to Norah Jones, played Brooklyn's new, intimate The Owl Music Parlor last week (December 3). Burnham, who sang on several songs as well, was joined by Brandon Ross on acoustic guitar and Ben Goldberg on clarinet and contrabass clarinet, and they opened with a Wayne Shorter composition, "Fall." The arrangements were beautiful, often delicate and at times even humorous. Ben Goldberg's clarinet tone was outstanding and worked wonderfully with Burnham, who can coax some incredible tones from his beautiful black carbon fiber violin. During the set they were joined by vocalist for a number that incorporated a few of the lyrics to "This Land Is Your Land." In addition to jazz, they dabbled in the blues as well, Burnham's "King's County Blues" which was, obviously, written about his hometown of Brooklyn.

Pictures from the night continue below...

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photo: Red Baraat at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Red Baraat

The annual Winter Jazzfest returns to various NYC venues in 2016 from January 13-17. Since we last spoke, the lineup added a bunch of other artists, including Naytronix, Red Baraat, Sun Ra Arkestra, SK Kakraba (Awesome Tapes from Africa), No BS!, Nublu Orchestra, Forro in the Dark plays Zorn, Pedrito Martinez and many more.

They join previously announced names Bill Laswell, Brandon Seabrook Powerplant, Nels Cline, Colin Stetson, Dawn of Midi, Jose James, Kaki King, Kamasi Washington, Matana Roberts, Sarah Neufeld, The Ex and more.

More details have already been released about the special celebration of ECM Records:. Here's the label's own announcement:

ECM Records has documented progressive jazz like no other independent label, producing albums that have helped "change the course of recorded art," according to the Wall Street Journal. On January 15-16 at The New School's Tishman Auditorium, Winter Jazzfest 2016 will present two special all-ECM evenings featuring 13 acts. This is an unprecedented label showcase at Winter Jazzfest, which over the past decade has helped epitomize New York City as the place to experience the leading edge of jazz, for musicians, critics and fans alike.

Performing material from their latest ECM releases in this showcase will be the Vijay Iyer Trio, Mark Turner Quartet, pianist David Virelles' ensemble Mbókò, pianist Craig Taborn solo and guitarist David Torn solo. The evenings will also feature artists unveiling material from new and imminent albums on the label, including the trio of Ches Smith, Craig Taborn & Mat Maneri, Avishai Cohen Quartet, Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus and Ralph Alessi Quartet. There will be groups on the bill that have upcoming ECM recording sessions, too, such as the new Chris Potter Quartet, Theo Bleckmann's Elegy and the duo of Ethan Iverson & Mark Turner; and saxophonist Tim Berne will debut a new quintet, Sideshow. See below for the complete lineup.

Founded in Munich by lauded producer Manfred Eicher, ECM has always had a keen connection to the vital currents of jazz emanating from this side of the Atlantic. With the label's characteristically organic interactions and conceptual resonance to the fore, these two unmissable nights of performance at Winter Jazzfest will underscore the ever-robust, trans-Atlantic jazz vision of ECM. "For me, the source of jazz has always ultimately been America - New York City, especially," says Eicher. "Now there's a new generation of musicians in New York that is particularly interesting to me, so I'm happy that I'll be here again to see an exciting program featuring these artists - one that helps mark ECM's long connection to America and New York."
More details on the ECM lineups can be viewed below.

The full festival schedule is still TBA, but tickets for the whole festival and select individual shows are available.

UPDATE: Kamasi Washington was supposed to play Winter Jazzfest, but his show was rescheduled for February. All tickets (including Winter Jazzfest passes) will be honored.

Updated lineup below...

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photo: Kamasi Washington at LPR on 10/16 (more by PSquared)
Kamasi Washington

NYC's annual Winter Jazzfest will return in 2016 from January 13 - 17 at various venues. The initial lineup includes Bill Laswell, Brandon Seabrook Powerplant, Nels Cline, Colin Stetson, Dawn of Midi, Jose James, Kaki King, Kamasi Washington, Matana Roberts, Sarah Neufeld, The Ex and more.

UPDATE: Kamasi Washington was supposed to play Winter Jazzfest, but his show was rescheduled for February. All tickets (including Winter Jazzfest passes) will be honored.

The Ex, Bill Laswell, Colin Stetson and Happy Apple all play together at LPR on 1/13 (tickets). Full schedule is still TBA. Festival passes are on sale now.

Kaki King also plays NYC tonight (10/26).

Check out the full initial lineup below...

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University of the Streets

From the Inbox:

University of the Streets, the University of the Streets Musicians Committee and the musicians union Local 802 are formally announcing the end of a seven month boycott of University of the Streets, effective immediately.

The announcement follows successful resolution of negotiations between the non-profit jazz venue's management and members of the University of the Streets Musicians' Committee, an ad hoc organization representing musicians who had played at University of the Streets and were participating in the boycott, and Local 802, AFM, whose representatives were present in support of the musicians' committee.

The boycott was called last September, after reports of a musician being injured during an altercation with a UOTS employee circulated widely through social media. The boycott also stemmed from musicians' concerns over what they considered a "pay to play" policy, in which the venue sometimes required bands to pay out of pocket to cover a guarantee in ticket sales.

In January 2012, the UOTS Musicians Committee contacted Saadia Salahuddeen, director of University of the Streets, with a list of grievances. These were resolved in a meeting on April 12, 2012, attended by members of the UOTS Musicians Committee, representatives of Local 802, Ms. Salahuddeen, and several members of the UOTS board.
As part of the agreement, UOTS will end the 'pay-to-play' policy, and will bar the employee involved in the altercation from the venue.

A statement issued by the UOTS Musicians Committee reads:

'We're extremely pleased that UOTS has addressed the musicians' concerns, and that both they and we can now get back to presenting and performing creative music in this historic venue. We wish the venue and the musicians who play there every success.'

A statement byLocal 802 organizer Shane Gasteyer reads:

"These musicians have shown again that collective action really works. Local 802 is happy to be here supporting working musicians in every part of today's scene."

Ms. Salahuddeen invites any interested musicians to join an advisory committee of musicians so that UOTS can work more closely with the local jazz and improvisational music community "to ensure more productive and positive relationships with musicians."

Endorsed by: Marc Ribot, Brandon Ross, Ches Smith, Avram Fefer, Jim Pugliese, and Weasel Walter for the UOTS Musicians Committee, and Saadia Salahuddeen For University of the Streets.

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