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

Updated lineup below...


Winter Jazzfest -- 2016 Lineup
Artist in Residence: Dave King
Al Strong
Alicia Hall Moran with Brandon Ross
Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers
Ben Williams & Sound Effect
Bill Laswell
Brandon Seabrook Power Plant
Bumper Jacksons
Burnt Quarktet plays Ornette, Sunny, and Wayne
Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
Channeling Coltrane - Rova's Electric Ascension with Nels Cline
Charenee Wade Group: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Chris Morrissey's Standard Candle (w/ Mike Lewis)
Chris Speed Trio
Chris Washburne's Acid Mambo Project
Christian McBride
Christian Sands
Colin Stetson
Cory Henry
Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits
Cyrus Chestnut's African Reflections
Dave King Trucking Company
Dave King Vector Families
Dawn of Midi
Dayna Stephens: 3wi featuring Sam Yahel
DJ Mark de Clive Lowe
DJ Raydar Ellis
Don Byron Quartet
Dr. Lonnie Smith's Evolution
Evan Christopher's Clarinet Road featuring Hilary Gardner
Fabian Almazan w/ Rhizome
Forro In The Dark Plays Zorn
Frank Catalano
GoGo Penguin
Gordon Au's Grand St Stompers with Tamar Korn and Molly Ryan
Gregoire Maret and Inner Voices, with guest Jean Baylor
Happy Apple
Hollar & Bam
Ibrahim Maalouf
James Brandon Lewis
James Carney Sextet
James Francies' Kinetic
James "Blood" Ulmer
Jay Rodriguez Evolutions
Jeff Lederer's Brooklyn Blowhards play Albert Ayler and songs of the sea
Jim Black Trio
Joey Arias: Basic Black
Jon-Erik Kellso & The Earegulars
Jose James
Julian Lage Trio
Kaki King
Kamasi Washington
Keyon Harold
Kris Bowers
Lakecia Benjamin
Makaya McCraven
Marc Cary's Indigenous People
Mark de Clive Lowe's CHURCH
Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet
Matana Roberts
Maurice Brown
Michael Mwenso & Brianna Thomas Louis & Ella tribute
Mike Davis' New Wonders
Monty Alexander and The Harlem Kingston Express
Nicole Henry
No BS!
Nublu Orchestra
OGJB Quartet w/ Oliver Lake, Graham Haynes, Joe Fonda, Barry Altschul
Ohad Talmor Large Ensemble
Oscar Noriega Quartet
Pedrito Martinez
Red Baraat
Reid Anderson with Andrew D'Angelo & Bill McHenry
Rene Marie
Rez Abbasi's Junction
Rhythm Future Quartet
Sarah Neufeld & Colin Stetson
Sarah Vaughan & Clifford Brown Reimagined ft. Russell Gunn
Shai Maestro Trio
Sharel Cassity & Elektra
SK Kakraba (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
Slingbaum's Ravel Reimagined
Sofia Rei
Stéphane Belmondo
Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen
Takuya Kuroda
Tatiana Eva-Marie & The Avalon Jazz Band
Terrace Martin
The Ex
Theo Croker
Tierney Sutton
Tom McDermott
Tongues in Trees
Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien duo
Véronique Hermann Sambin & Xavier Richardeau
Will Calhoun Celebrating Elvin Jones
Yosvany Terry

ECM at WJF: A Celebration of ECM Records,

ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2016-- Tishman Auditorium at The New School

Friday January 15:

David Torn (solo)
Mark Turner Quartet (w/ Avishai Cohen, Joe Martin & Marcus Gilmore)
Craig Taborn (solo)
Avishai Cohen Quartet (w/ Jason Lindner, Barak Mori & Nasheet Waits)
Ches Smith / Craig Taborn / Mat Maneri
Vijay Iyer Trio (w/ Stephan Crump & Marcus Gilmore)
David Virelles' Mbókò (w/ Román Díaz, Eric McPherson & Matt Brewer)

Saturday January 16:

Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus (*see below for personnel)
Theo Bleckmann's Elegy (w/ Shai Maestro, Ben Monder, Chris Tordini & John Hollenbeck)
Chris Potter Quartet (w/ David Virelles, Joe Martin & Marcus Gilmore)
Tim Berne's Sideshow (w/ Ralph Alessi, Matt Mitchell, John Hébert & Dan Weiss)
Ralph Alessi Quartet (w/ pianist tbd, Drew Gress & Nasheet Waits)
Ethan Iverson-Mark Turner Duo

*Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus
Saxophones/Woodwinds: Loren Stillman (alto sax), Oscar Noriega (alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet), Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet), Brian Settles (tenor sax, flute), Tim Berne (baritone sax)
Trumpets: Dave Ballou, Ralph Alessi, Shane Endsley, Kirk Knuffke (cornet)
Trombones: Alan Ferber, Jacob Garchik, Ben Gerstein, Jeff Nelson (bass trombone, contrabass trombone)
Marimba: Patricia Brennan; Guitar: Mary Halvorson; Piano: Kris Davis; Double-bass: Michael Formanek; Drums: Tomas Fujiwara
Conductor: Mark Helias

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