Entries tagged with: Winter Jazz Fest

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by Andrew Sacher

KING

LA trio KING are releasing their debut album We Are KING on February 5 via their own KING Creative label (pre-order), and so far they've released two songs from it, "Hey" (Extended Mix) and "The Greatest." They've got a sound that simultaneously recalls classic soul and fits right in with the kind of psychedelic R&B that's been a dominating force these past few years. If you dig Jazmine Sullivan, Frank Ocean, or the self-titled Beyonce album, you're probably gonna like these KING songs too. Listen below.

KING are touring this winter, including two NYC shows. One is a Winter Jazzfest show happening January 15 at The Bitter End with a hip hop-oriented bill of Kendrick Lamar collaborator Terrace Martin, drummer Makaya McCraven, composer Slingbaum re-imagining Ravel, a re-imagining of 1954's Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (which was previously done in DC by The Roots pianist Ray Angry), and trumpeter Theo Crocker.

The full schedule for Winter Jazzfest was recently posted. Check out the January 15 marathon, the January 16 marathon, and the general schedule. Tickets are still available.

KING's other NYC show is a record release show at Le Poisson Rouge (2/5) the day the album comes out. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "LA R&B trio KING prepping debut album, touring, playing two NYC shows, including Winter Jazzfest (whose schedule is up)"

by Andrew Sacher

GoGo Penguin

It's probably not a coincidence that UK jazz trio GoGo Penguin's promo photo (above) looks an awful lot like the cover of James Blake's first album. They have an all-acoustic jazz set up (piano, double bass, and drums) but pianist Chris Illingworth says, "We're recreating electronic music on acoustic instruments." Drummer Rob Tuner adds, "Many of the songs on this album started out as electronic compositions that I made on sequencing software like Logic or Ableton. I'll then play it to the band and we'll find ways of replicating it acoustically."

They recently signed to Blue Note Records and will release their first album for the label, Man Made Object, on February 5. They just put out the video for the single "All Res," which you can watch below.

They'll make their NYC debut on January 16 for a Winter Jazzfest show. It's their only US date at the moment, but they have plenty of European shows coming up too. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "UK trio GoGo Penguin releasing 'Man Made Object' on Blue Note, making NYC debut at Winter Jazzfest (dates, video)"

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...

Continue reading "Winter Jazzfest NYC expands 2016 lineup, including A Celebration of ECM Records"

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...

Continue reading "Winter Jazzfest 2016 lineup (The Ex, Kaki King, Bill Laswell, Nels Cline, Colin Stetson & more)"

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The 11th annual NYC Winter Jazz Fest will happen January 8 - 10 at ten different NYC venues. This year's line-up includes Marc Ribot & The Young Philadelphians, So Percussion, Robert Glasper Trio, Kneebody + Daedelus, Strange and Beautiful: The Music of John Lurie and The Lounge Lizards, and lots more. Tickets and festival passes are on sale now.

Speaking of Marc Ribot, he's got a few other dates coming up, including a show at South Street Seaport on January 24 with his band Ceramic Dog. More details on that are still to be announced but all upcoming dates are listed below.

Continue reading "2015 Winter Jazz Fest lineup/schedule + Marc Ribot dates"

Son Lux at LPR in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Son Lux

New-classical-music collective New Amsterdam Presents hosts its inaugural year-end benefit show in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right tonight (12/16). Trevor Wilson and Vocal Ensemble, electronic pop artist Son Lux and the JACK Quartet performing William Brittelle's Future Shock are on the lineup. No advance tickets, but to RSVP you can email santino@newamsterdampresents.org. See videos by all three artists below.

New Amsterdam Presents is an affiliate of New Amsterdam Records, whose 2013 included releases by the Knells and itsnotyouitsme. There's plenty in the pipeline for the concert-presenting group, including concerts during 2014 Winter Jazz Fest and the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. You can see all their upcoming concerts here.

In other label news, two of their 2013 releases have been nominated for Grammys. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's Brooklyn Babylon is up in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category. The big band plays SubCulture on January 11th as part of the 2014 Winter Jazz Fest. Roomful of Teeth's self-titled debut was also nominated, in three categories: Best Engineer for Classical Album, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Caroline Shaw's "Partita for 8 Voices." That group has a WJF show too, at Judson Church on January 10th.

Videos below...

Continue reading "New Amsterdam Presents hosting inaugural year-end benefit at Baby's All Right tonight w/ Son Lux, Trevor Wilson & more"

Sullivan Hall

Manhattan venue Sullivan Hall, which has been home to multiple jam band shows, DJ parties, jazz concerts and more, has officially closed its doors. In a statement (via Jambase), the venue's representatives write:

Live music venue Sullivan Hall in Manhattan is officially and permanently closed, as is DJ club Sullivan Room. We've been going month to month for nearly a year hoping we can get a new lease or an extension, but the ownership of the building decided to go in a different direction with the space. We knew that our future there was limited, but we did not anticipate the abrupt closure yesterday. We apologize to all of the performers who were unable to reschedule; the employees of the club who were given little to no notice; and all of the fans who were planning on attending our upcoming shows. While we are disappointed, we are thankful for a very long run as a music venue in New York City, and are very proud of what we accomplished.

In anticipation of the venue's closure, CEG Presents who booked Sullivan Hall, has formed new booking agreements with venues such as Drom in the East Village, Fontana's on the Lower East Side, new outdoor downtown venue Watermark, etc. CEG also books shows at many area venues including BB King's, Brooklyn Bowl, Cutting Room, Highline Ballroom, Gramercy Theatre, Irving Plaza, Le Poisson Rouge, etc. In addition, CEG does concert cruises w/ Rocks Off and Circle Line during the summer; books shows in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia; produces annual events such as the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball and Summer Jazz Festival; and does an annual series during the evenings and weekends of Jazz Fest in New Orleans. The Lion's Den opened in 1991. CEG started booking the venue in 1996, and quickly made it a strong competitor to other comparably-sized NYC venues. In order to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of live music venues in New York City, it was CEG's vision to upgrade the Lion's Den to the revamped Sullivan Hall in 2008. We're proud of the stellar lineup of musicians that CEG booked at Lion's Den and Sullivan Hall through the years: each member of Phish (Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell), Anders Osborne, Bill Kreutzmann, Dashboard Confessional, Dennis Brown, Derek Trucks Band, Dirty Heads, Disco Biscuits, Dr. John, English Beat, Lotus, The Low Anthem, Marco Benevento, Marc Ribot, Matisyahu, Meat Puppets, Medeski Martin & Hunter, moe., Mos Def, ? uestlove, Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Rubblebucket, Six Cheek (The Lumineers), String Cheese Incident, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Umphrey's McGee, Warren Haynes, Zac Brown Band and many more.

Throughout the years, CEG developed many young acts in the space that went on to much larger venues and that tradition continued to the very end with up & coming acts such as Dopapod, The Main Squeeze, The Revivalists, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and many more.

Prior to CEG's involvement, Alice in Chains and Ben Folds Five did early gigs in their career at Lion's Den.

We are so grateful to all of the musicians, fans, and members of the music industry for an incredible 17 year run and we look forward to being with all of you at our future shows for the next 17 years and more.

Among other things, the venue has been part of the multi-venue Winter Jazz Fest, and would have been used in the just-announced 2014 festival. Peace out to Sullivan Hall.

Continue reading "Sullivan Hall closed its doors for good"

Bilal at Prince tribute in March (more by Fred Pessaro)
Bilal

The annual Winter Jazz Fest is returning in 2014 for its 10th anniversary, happening from January 7 - 11. Artists playing include John Medeski, Nels Cline, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Ravi Coltrane, Ceramic Dog, Eliott Sharp, Keren Ann, Mother Falcon, Roomful of Teeth, and many more, across multiple venues including Le Poisson Rouge, Judson Church, NYU Lounge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, Bitter End, Subculture, and The Bowery Electric. Early bird festival passes are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale Saturday (11/16).

Tentative lineup and partial schedule below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazz Fest 2014 lineup & tix (Robert Glasper, Bilal, John Medeski, Nels Cline, Ceramic Dog, Mother Falcon & more)"

Nels Cline at Winter Jazz Fest 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Nels Cline

As mentioned, Winter Jazz Fest is returning to NYC and it begins today (1/11) and continues through Saturday (1/12) across multiple NYC venues, including Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, Culture Project Theater, and The Bowery Electric with many artists including Colin Stetson, Rafiq Bhatia, Nels Cline, Debo Band, Vijay Iyer, Toshi Reagon, and more. Two day passes and single day tickets are on sale now.

Full schedule below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazz Fest kicks off in NYC"

Rafiq

Rafiq Bhatia's impressive debut album, Yes it Will, has turned up on a few year-end best-of lists, including coming in at #4 on JazzTimes critic Giovanni Russonello's Best of 2012 list. You can stream the album below if you haven't heard it.

After a busy fall, that included a residency at Pianos, Rafiq has lined up a few more NYC shows, including January 12 at the Bitter End which is part of Winter Jazz Fest which has over 70 artists playing at six Village clubs on 1/11 and 1/12. The same show also features a set from Colin Stetson (who recently helped close out Zebulon's final week of shows). You can see the entire 2013 Winter Jazz Fest schedule here and Tickets are on sale.

After that, Rafiq will play Glasslands on February 4. No openers have been announced yet but tickets are on sale.

Album stream below...

Continue reading "Rafiq Bhatia adds NYC show, playing Glasslands after Winter Jazz Fest"

Colin Stetson
Colin Stetson

Sax wizard Colin Stetson is working on his new solo album which will be out at some point in 2013, but before that you'll get a chance to see him at an intimate NYC show with many guests at Zebulon on December 6. The show includes Colin doing a solo set, along with sets by Holly Miranda and her band, Sarah Neufeld on solo violin (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), and Lone Wolf (aka Ryan Saywer). Then Colin, Sarah and Ryan will do a collaborative set with Stuart Bogie, Adam Roberts, and Ryan Ferreira. No advance tickets for this show.

Colin Stetson is also part of the lineup for the 2013 Winter Jazz Fest which goes down across multiple venues in NYC on January 11 and 12. Colin will be playing The Bitter End on 1/12. Other artists on this year's tentative lineup include Nels Cline, Rafiq Bhatia, Debo Band, Vijay Iyer, and many many more. The full tentative lineup (with still more TBA) is below.

Continue reading "Colin Stetson playing NYC w/ Holly Miranda, Sarah Neufeld & more before Winter Jazz Fest (lineup)"

Nels Cline's Stained Radiance at Winter Jazz Fest 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Nels Cline

Winter Jazz Fest is returning to NYC in 2012 and will take place in multiple Greenwich Village venues from January 6-7 including Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Kenny's Castaways, Zinc Bar, and The Bitter End. Artists performing this year include Bill Laswell, DJ Spinna, John Medeski, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Nels Cline Singers, Vijay Iyer Trio, Tyshawn Sorey, Mary Halvorson, Bernie Worrell, Marco Benevento, Jenny Scheinman, and many more. Two day passes and single day tickets are on sale now. There is also a kickoff show happening at Le Poisson Rouge on January 5 with Medeski / Skerik / Deitch, Red Baraat, and Marc Ribot's Young Philadelphians. You can also purchase a pass that includes a ticket for this show plus the two day festival pass (it's a little confusing, but if you click through on each LPR ticket link, you'll see the various options for each one).

The full schedule is below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazz Fest 2012 (January 5-7 in NYC)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra w/ TK Wonder
Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra with TK Wonder

Like the year before it, NYC Winter Jazz Fest 2011 was a hit. Capacity crowds filled the venues on both nights (all together 1,400 on Friday and 2,600 on Saturday), and it'd be hard to find two people who came away seeing the same acts, or with the same impression of the fest. From what I've heard and read of Friday night, the music was stellar, but after LPR closed around 9:30pm for another event the numbers overwhelmed the remaining two spaces, with long lines and many disgruntled jazz-heads.

(Le) Poisson Rouge, the largest of the venues, was crammed full on Saturday for a curious lineup of jam-band jazz (Charlie Hunter), noisy guitar improv + painting (Nels Cline and painter Norton Wisdom) and Steve Coleman & Five Elements (high-strung group improv with vocalist Jen Shyu scatting along). I only stayed for those, before heading to Kenny's Castaways for part of its Search and Restore showcase. Aethereal Bace - drummers Nasheet Waits and Eric Mcpherson, and saxist Abraham Burton - improvised as a duo after Mcpherson didn't show (their tight, restrained set mainly served to make me more curious about the two-drummer set up they usually employ). Talibam!, who followed, were something else entirely: spasmotic punk in jazz clothes. Back at LPR, at this point well after 2am, Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra backed up MC/singer TK Wonder for a criminally underattended set. Then I ended the night with trumpeter David Weiss's band at Bitter End, which, at 3:45am, it was.

Some pictures of the above-mentioned acts (plus Asphalt Orchestra who made an appearance at LPR) are below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazz Fest 2011 in pics & review"

by Andrew Frisicano

Jazz Fest

The annual NYC Winter Jazz Fest starts tonight (Friday, 1/7) and continues Saturday with shows that go late into both nights at a handful of Greenwich Village venues. Like last year's fest - a huge success that spawned a similar festival in the summer - one pass gets you into any of the venues. All are in close proximity, and show hopping is encouraged. You'll also be rewarded for staying put: Take, for example, Saturday's lineup at LPR, which features two guitar slingers, Charlie Hunter and Nels Cline (as Stained Radiance with painter Norton Wisdom), in consecutive sets. For the number of acts (46 on Saturday night alone) at the price ($25 for one day, $35 for both), the festival is pretty can't lose.

Jazz resource and show promoter Search and Restore has two showcases as part of the fest. They'll be celebrating the fact that their Kickstarter campaign met its $75,000 (!) goal. As a result they'll be launching an ambitious project to film four jazz shows a week over the next year (and post the results online as part of an expanded site). Congrats!

Also this weekend are a set of shows at Cornelia St. Cafe that are also part of the APAP conference (the ostensible reason for the Winter Jazz Fest, the show at City Winery tonight, the show at 92YTribeca tonight, GlobalFEST and others). Your Jazz Fest passes won't work there, but the lineups include Theo Bleckmann/Gary Versace/John Hollenbeck, Jon Irabagon & Mike Pride and Mario Pavone's Totem Quartet.

Saxist Tim Berne, who played Cornelia St. Thursday night with his band Los Totopos, will be at the Stone twice on Saturday. The second set is listed as "Tim Berne Duo," with keyboarist Matt Mitchell, but he mentioned that the whole band (Ches Smith on drums and Oscar Noriega on woodwinds) would be appearing. Mitchell will be at the venue on Sunday night too, to play with John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet (who blew away a packed Bitter End at Jazz Fest 2010).

Check out the full Winter Jazz schedule below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazz Fest this weekend, shows @ Cornelia St. Cafe & other APAP events"