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...

Friday January 7th
(Le) Poisson Rouge
6:15pm - The Respect Sextet
7:15pm - Anat Cohen Quartet with Jason Lindner
8:15pm - JD Allen VISIONFUGITIVE Conducted by Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris
9:15pm - Chico Hamilton & Euphoria

Kenny's Castaways (Search & Restore Showcase)
6pm - Mike Pride's From Bacteria To Boys
7pm - Shane Endsley & The Music Band
8pm - Jacob Garchik Trio
9pm - Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue
10pm - Charles Gayle Trio
11pm - Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth
12am - Jason Lindner's NOW vs. NOW
1am - Chris Speed's YeahNO
2am - Dan Tepfer Trio

Zinc Bar
6:30pm - Amina Figarova
7:30pm - Eric Legnini feat. Krystie Warren
8:30pm - Nguyen Le w/ Rudresh Mahanthappa
9:30pm - Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio featuring Kokayi and Jason Lindner
10:30pm - Source w/Abdoulaye Diabaté
11:30pm - Matana Roberts
12:30am - Aaron Goldberg Trio
1:30am - Marcus Strickland Quartet
2:30am - Shimrit Shoshan

Saturday January 8th
(Le) Poisson Rouge
6:15pm - Vernon Reid's Artificial Afrika
7:15pm - Tia Fuller
8:15pm - Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet feat. DK Dyson and Gerri Allen
9:15pm - Charlie Hunter
10:15pm - Nels Cline's Stained Radiance
11:15pm - Steve Coleman & Five Elements
12:15am - RedCred with John Medeski, Chris Speed, Ben Perowsky
1:15am - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
2:15am - Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra with TK Wonder

Kenny's Castaways (Search & Restore Showcase)
6pm - Kirk Knuffke Quartet
7pm - Bad Touch
8pm - Andrew D'Angelo's AGOGIC
9pm - James Carney Group
10pm - Miles Okazaki / Damion Reid / Guillaume Perret
11pm - Water Surgeons
12am - Donny McCaslin Trio with Uri Caine
1am - Aethereal Base - 3rd Eye
2am - Talibam!

Zinc Bar
6:30pm - Jacky Terrasson
7:30pm - Sofia Rei Koutsovitis
8:30pm - Tineke Postma
9:30pm - Juan-Carlos Formell & Johnny's Dream Club
10:30pm - Marianni
11:30pm - Carmen Souza
12:30am - Sameer Gupta's Namaskar
1:30am - Jean-Michel Pilc / Francois Moutin / Ari Hoenig
2:30am - The Inbetweens

Sullivan Hall (Revive Music Group Showcase)
7:15pm - (U)nity
8:15pm - Captain Black Big Band conducted by Orrin Evans
9:15pm - Igmar Thomas & The Cypher
10:15pm - Curtis Brothers Quartet feat. Giovanni Almonte
11:15pm - Derrick Hodge
12:15am - Maurice Brown Effect
1:15am - Robert Glasper Experiment
2:15am - Kenneth Whalum Quartet
3:15am - Kendrick Scott

The Bitter End
5:45pm - Gregory Porter
6:45pm - Jamie Baum Septet
7:45pm - MILK & JADE by Dana Leong
8:45pm - Dayna Kurtz
9:45pm - Doug Wamble
10:45pm - Nomo
11:45pm - Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers
12:45am - Underground Horns
1:45am - Noah Preminger Group
2:45am - David Weiss and Point of Departure

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