NYC Winter Jazzfest 2014 Saturday Preview
The 10th annual NYC Winter Jazzfest is rapidly approaching. You can check our five day festival preview HERE. But days 1 through 3 don’t offer the same dizzying array of options as Days 4 and 5 (Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11, respectively). Below is a suggested itinerary for Saturday, though half the fun lies in making your own discoveries, so exploration is also highly recommended. Check out our Friday suggestions HERE.
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
6:00pm @ Subculture
This so-called steampunk orchestra brings a big band flavor to intricate compositions, skewing from the familiar to the strange. It is truly a treat to watch Argue’s expert control over his ensemble as he brings his music to life. This performance should feature selections from Brooklyn Babylon, Argue’s recent collaborative multimedia effort with Croatian comic book artist Danijel Zezelj.
Slavic Soul Party! plays Ellington: the Far East Suite
7:45pm @ Bowery Electric
This Brooklyn brass band fixture can be found nearly every Tuesday holding down the raucous back room at Park Slope jazz dive, Barbes. The collective has always been known to start parties with its infectious vibe, rooted in Balkan musical folklore. It will be intriguing to see their take on a swing legend.
Wicked Knee w/ Billy Martin, Curtis Fowlkes, Marcus Rojas, and Steven Bernstein
9:00pm @ Bowery Electric
The brass onslaught continues with the demented marching band side project of Medeski Martin and Wood beat-keeper, Billy Martin. Wicked Knee promises a fresh take on horn-laden rhythm exercises by a talented crew of experimentalists.
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
12:15am @ Le Poisson Rouge
A longtime fixture of both the jazz and jam scenes, JFJO has survived the loss of its founding member, Reed Mathis, several years ago and has continued to forge a shifting identity to keep pace with an ever-changing world of jazz, without ever straying far from the eternal groove.
ABRAXAS – John Zorn’s Book of Angels by Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz
1:30am @ Subculture
ABRAXAS performs a sort of jazz metal fusion, often shifting gears between genres abruptly, mid-song, yet somehow remaining exactly in tune with the malleable compositions, comprised of downtown jazz et cetera icon John Zorn’s never-ending Book of Angels suite.